I've been researching Latin boogaloo/bugalu music for some time now but I haven't spent nearly enough time trying to track down the origins of the dance. I've read through a good deal of what's been theorized out there - including on these forums - and I'm hoping to find more info. Here's what is known about boogaloo - as a music style: In 1965, a Black R&B duo known as Tom and Jerrio release "Boo-Ga-Loo" as a 7" single. It becomes a massive success, launching off a boogaloo fad in R&B circles that later shifts into the jazz world (see Lou Donaldson, Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones, and others). In 1966, Ricardo Ray and Joe Cuba are among the first to develop a distinctive Latin boogaloo style which becomes enormously popular for the next three years before dying out around 1968/9 as salsa becomes ascendant. What is interesting is that reporting on both Tom and Jerrio's single and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang" suggests that the boogaloo DANCE was the inspiration behind their songs. In other words, the boogaloo dance came first, then the boogaloo music followed. So this opens up a question: Who came up with the boogaloo dance? Was it something out of the Latino American community? African American community? Neither/both? I know it's difficult to trace down dance histories. Far as I can tell, even with the Tom and Jerrio story, they claim that the boogaloo originally came from East Harlem but I haven't found much to verify that outside of one single source. People also note there's no "set way" to dance the boogaloo but if you look at early boogaloo record covers (Pete Terrace's "King of the Boogaloo" or Hector Rivera's "At the Party" both come to mind), there is a similarity to James Brown's demonstration of the boogaloo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdz88MBWomo Anyways, I very much welcome the forum's insight on this.