The Temper Tantrum is a 1960s novelty dance in which the dancers imagine they're throwing a temper tantrum.
It was introduced in May of 1965 at The Forum, a Boston discotheque, and demonstrated on The Tonight Show and The Mike Douglas Show shortly thereafter [CB65].
The dance is set to "The Temper Tantrum" by Joseph and Charlotte Holicker, recorded by The Warlocks [of Massachusetts].
The lyrics of the song describes a variety of actions that characterize a temper tantrum, which the dancers act out. Here are some of the lyrical instructions:
"The Temper Tantrum" (1965) by The Warlocks.
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Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
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