The Lost Art and History of Gay Disco Fan Dancing Featuring Bret Lacquement (1977) – Rare Video

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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9 Responses

  1. thanks for the post……. but I was never lost…LOL I’ve been here all the time…..Bret

    • Will Kohler says:

      So many others have been man! YOU ARE HISTORIC!

    • Emilio M says:

      Amazing dancing! And I’m glad to hear that you are alive & well!

      I would love learn more about the dance troupe, dance style and how to build fans that for it (most fans I’ve seen I haven’t been able to stand this type of spinning/movement). Thanks in advance!

    • Rob Hull says:

      Bret, how can I get a hold of you? I fondly remember this from the late 70’s. I’m now in my 50’s and would like to learn how. Do you still teach?

  2. Scott S. says:

    I was 18 years old, just coming out, and fortunate enough to catch the tail end of the disco era. I was so enamored and fascinated by the few fan dancers that I did see during that time. I think it’s time that this lost art be brought back. Where would one get the fans to use?

  3. Allan says:

    The video is no longer available! Is there anywhere I can see some fan dancing?

  4. Philip Hawkins says:

    Philip H November 2015

    Wow!! I was a “fan dancer” in the mid 80’s here in England, I first saw guys floating fans in Heaven the gay disco in London and was hooked, one of the guys came off the floor and I asked where do you get the fans, he told me, you have to make them and spent half an hour explaining how to make a set of fans and where to buy material etc – the next evening I was back with my first set of fans, the guy showed me some basic movements and that was the start of my fan dancing. I took them with me to all the gay clubs when I travelled in the UK and abroad. I was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985 and in a way the “fans” where my saviour as they enabled me to stay in the gay community as I felt that they had rejected me because I was OUT as someone living with the virus.

  5. Donna says:

    I was one of the few women fan d as ncers at Trocadero. I remember Bret and I occasionally still pull the fans out.

  6. K. Santiago says:

    Can someone give me the dementions for making the “fans”? Please?

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