For $5, today’s deal gets you two tickets to 80s Video Dance Attack at the Crystal Ballroom on Burnside Street (a $10 value). This Groupon is valid for one dance-party night at the Crystal Ballroom only. Check the schedule for party times.
Better than a time-traveling phone booth, 80s Video Dance Attack keeps the fires of MTV’s golden era burning, fueling happy feet with the potent propellants of old-school and new-wave tunes. Taking place inside the historic Crystal Ballroom, this dance extravaganza time warps Generations A–Z back to the days of neon ankle-socks, allowing retro’d revelers to cabbage patch to the accompaniment of five hours of original ’80s videos splashed across 10-foot video screens. The thumping, bumping sound system gets the blood pumping and the feet jumping, and a light show provides pupils with a visual complement to the video feast. Although imbibements aren’t covered by today’s Groupon, parched partiers can avail themselves of an array of fast-moving bars.
- A party for anyone who wants to groove to the sound and video wallpaper from MTV's most golden era. – Peter Ames Carlin, Oregonian
- What’s impressive is the sheer number of people who show up to these things to dance the night away to songs that remind them of childhood/high school/college/whatever. – Bulletin
80s Video Dance Attack
Before it mutated into a weaponized haze of reality shows, MTV aired a novelty known as the music video. These bite-sized works of art, which married pop songs to striking imagery, revolutionized the entertainment industry and ushered in an era of music known as “new wave.” For the task of curating and introducing these fresh sounds and flamboyant sights to audiences, MTV even created its own version of the disc jockey—the VJ.
Though MTV has sent its stable of video jockeys out to pasture, VJ Kittyrox carries the pastel, shoulder-padded torch of Adam Curry and Nina Blackwood as she masterminds the 80s Video Dance Attack. For the last eleven years, this popular shindig has united generations of Portlandians with its five-hour feast of '80s-centric sensation. Across 10-foot screens, VJ Kittyrox projects classic videos from artists such as Duran Duran and Michael Jackson as audiences of Breakfast Clubbers and Pretty in Pinkers perfect their cabbage patch, running man, and Pat Benatar shimmies. A bombastic, thumping sound system and a dazzling light show accentuate the time warp as audiences deck themselves in '80s garb and shake away memories of unsolved rubik’s cubes.
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