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The Charleston Dance

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Nicole Rose

on 14 February 2011

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The Charleston Dance It became the new dance hit of the Twenties when it accompanied James P. Johnson's song "The Charleston" in the 1923 Broadway musical Runnin' Wild socialdance.stanford.edu/syllabi/jazz_age.htm daffy.uah.edu/lindy/origins.html The kicks and crossed knees of the Charleston are thought to represent the African slaves' sneaky rebellion against the rules of being forbidden to do leisurely postures as crossing their legs or raising their feet off the floor. Gianoulis, Tina. "The Charleston." Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th-Century America. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 2: 1920s-1930s. Detroit: UXL, 2002. 351-352. Mrs. Marchione's 1920s E-Books. Web. 2 Feb. 2011.
The Charleston dance is known to be originated from the black dockworkers in the port of Charleston, in South Carolina, 1920's. This wild, vigorous dance became very popular among youth, and parents did not approve. Their parent's generation referred to the dance as "primitive" or "savage" and claimed that the dance would be the downfall of civilization. The historical change from the traditional slow dances like the waltz, to dances like the Charleston represents the transformation of American society to a more individualistic one. The 1920's brought about a change from progressive ideals to those of consumer products and the latest new fashion which included, the oh-so-popular "bob" hair-do among the flappers. New dances like the Charleston became a staple of the identity of women and flappers in the United States. Represents the new cultural freedoms offered to women that they were previoiusly denied. http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/his1005fall2010/2010/10/17/the-charleston-a-popular-jazz-age-dance/ Although, the dance craze faded out by 1926, the Charleston is still the dance most emblematic of the 1920s. Nicole Sangillo
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