As the favoured beat became more uptempo and frantic, by the early 1970s, northern
soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling thelater dance styles of
disco and break dancing. Featuring spins, flips, karate kicks and backdrops, club
dancing styleswere often inspired by the stage performances of touring American
soul acts such as Little Anthony & The Imperials and Jackie Wilson.
This scene and the associated dances and fashions quickly spread to other UK dancehalls
and nightclubs like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the
Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent) and Wigan Casino.
Northern soul is associated with particular dance styles and fashions that grew out
of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the late 1960s at venues such as theTwisted
Wheel in Manchester.
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Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged independently in Northern
England, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s from the British mod
scene. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul
midmusic based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the 1960s Tamla Motown sound.