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Popular Dance Styles during World War II

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Valerie O.

on 17 May 2011

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During the time period of 1939-1945, swing was very popular. There was the Lindy Hop, Balboa, St. Louis Shag, Jitterbug, Lindy, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, and Murray. There was also the Charleston. The Lindy Hop was developed in the 1920's. It was discovered by the black communities. Its first competition was in 1938. Balboa was developed in 1915 but didnt become popular until the 1930's and 40's.Balboa was considered a "dancer's dance" rather than a "spectator's dance". St.Louis Shag is done to stomp, jump, and boogie-woogie music. Was first called the St. Louis Missouri. DANCE!!!!! Jitterbug was developed in 1934. It was very popular in the 80's. First competition was in 1938. Jitterbug is a descendant of the Lindy Hop. The Lindy, not to be confused with the Lindy Hop, was developed in 1938. Dance teachers first reaction to it "was a chilly negative". West Coast Swing was originally called Western Swing. It was developed in California, hence its name West Coast Swing. In 1989 it was voted the State Dance in California. East Coast Swing was originally called the Eastern Swing. The East Coast Swing is based on the Lindy Hop. Its steps are often mixed with the "Lindy Hop, Charleston, and less frequently, Balboa." The East Coast Swing has 39 genres and 8 types. ("Solo, partners, group, ceremonial, competitive, concert, participation, and social".) The Charleston was developed in the 1920's.Was popular from 1923-1952. It was discovered by the black communities. Can be done with partners, solo, with groups of couples, or groups of solo dancers. “The dance schools” did not “begin documenting or teaching the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Lindy, and Swing until the early 1940's. The ballroom dance community was more interested in teaching the foreign dances such as the Argentine Tango, Spanish Paso Doblé, Brazilian Samba, Puerto Rican Merengue, Cuban Mambo and Cha Cha, English Quickstep, Austrian Waltz, with an occasional American Fox-trot and Peabody.” Sources: http://www.centralhome.com/BALLROOMCOUNTRY/swing.htm
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