Dance Mania (record label)

Dance Mania is a Chicago independent record label originally founded by Jesse Saunders for a one-off release of "What's That" by The Browns in 1985. The label name was picked by Ray Barney one year later, with permission from Duane Buford who wrote the record.[1]

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Founded1985 (1985)
FounderJesse Saunders
Ray Barney
Country of originUnited States
LocationChicago, Illinois

The label released almost three hundred records[2] until it closed in 1999. The label relaunched in 2013, following a recent DJ demand for their 90s records.[1]

The label is regarded as hugely influential in the history of Chicago house music, and has been described as "ghetto house's Motown".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Arnold, Jacob (May 15, 2013). "Dance Mania: Ghetto House's Motown". Resident Advisor. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (February 5, 2015). "Review: Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness". Retrieved September 8, 2018.

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