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

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In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s during the heyday of gay disco not only were you treated to the hedonistic world of loud thumping music, poppers, great recreational drugs, and the bodies of hundreds of  hot, sweaty, gyrating men.  If you lucky enough were treated to spectacular displays of “disco fan dancing”.

No one knows when it started and who was the first gay man to hit the floor and twirl but we do know that one of the best fan dancers of the era was Bret Lacquement member of the first and finest of the fan dancing troops who toured Europe and America  teaching and dancing.

Disco fan dancing is truly a forgotten art form as well as a lost piece of gay history.




Will Kohler

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11 thoughts on “The Lost Art and History of Gay Disco Fan Dancing Featuring Bret Lacquement (1977) – Rare Video”

    1. 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!

    2. 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?

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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

  4. So many fun memories of the first time in a gay bar and I remember seeing the fan dancers. Now as I am older, I really would like to finally add my spin to it. Does anyone know where to buy the fans or the specs to make them? I see that the video is no longer available. Is there another way to view it or is it just no longer available?

What do you think?