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EXCUSE ME, DANCE?...

I discovered the Nigerian disco parties that occurred prior to my birth through a random conversation with my mother. She spoke about her sisters and also my father attending disco parties when they were in their party years. My father has a shiny bald head now but at one point he did have an afro. I came across several photos of his big hair but never did find a picture of him in his disco attire. I conversed with him and a friend about the disco era and gained some insight on the attire and what happens at the disco parties.

In those days at the disco party your attire was very important. We wore pants that were very thin at the top to about your ankles and then it would flare out -- it was known as baggy. You didn’t even have to wear any closed toed shoes; just put some slippers or sandals on and you would be ready for the disco party. At the party the girls will be on one side and the guys on the other side. Girls rarely initiated the dance with a guy and guys would usually wait on the best dressed and bold guy to approach the first girl. This guy would go to the girl and say Excuse Me, Dance?…once he gets the girl to dance, the other guys will now become confident and will approach girls saying....Excuse Me, Dance?

As remembered by my father and a friend from Nigeria living in Toronto, Canada.

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