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Disco Ball Fever

I’ve always loved the glamour and sparkle of the disco ball and Saturday Night Fever epitomizes it. John Travolta strutting his stuff on the dance floor, lit up by this glittering ball of shiny mirrored and reflecting lights. It's safe to say I was hooked. Along with other great disco movies like Roller Boogie and Xanadu, I was fascinated by the music and lights, but especially by the mesmerising disco ball.

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An iconic symbol of the 70’s and early 80s dance floors, I was surprised to learn that the disco ball actually dates back fifty years earlier to the 1920s. It appeared in nightclubs and was known then as the ‘mirror’ ball or ‘glitter’ ball. It fizzled out though and didn’t take off again until the 1960’s when they came up with a sound chaser that responds to the music frequencies. This combined with the rotating ball was captivating and grew more and more popular by the end of the 20th Century.

Today the glittering disco balls are still very much in demand and are used for all kinds of occasions. Miniature glitter balls and free standing versions are often bought as novelties and for decoration; ie an ornament for the Christmas tree.

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Disco balls can also be hired for events, parties and functions so if you’re planning a 70’s themed party or a special birthday surprise, this could be just what you’re looking for to authenticate the occasion and make a dazzling impact on your guests. Incidentally, British rock band, Pink Floyd used them at their world tours in 1987 and 1994. Madonna also indulged and had an exquisitely made glitter ball using Swarovski crystals for her Confessions Tour in 2006.

A ‘Glitter Ball Trophy’, awarded to the winners of Strictly Come Dancing, comes as no surprise really as the UK television series is jam packed full of glitz and glamour. Interestingly, the world’s largest disco ball can be found on the promenade in Blackpool, where the magnificent Tower Ballroom resides and where the celebrities get to dance during the competition.

DIY disco ball: If you fancy having a go at making your own, I have found a really simple video that shows you exactly how to make one using Styrofoam, glue and flexible carnival mirrors. Good luck…

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