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Dance of the 1920's
Transcript of Dance of the 1920's
One day, a young African American boy was brought to Ned Wayburn to show him the Charleston. Supposedly Wayburn added more steps and sent Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake to create the music. The dance then went public at the New Amsterdam Theater when a "Ziegfeld Follies" production featured it.
Where the Charleston was Popular and How it Made an Impact
The Charleston was very popular in the United States and most of Europe. This dance then had an impact on young adult women, which lead to the "Flapper".
How It All Started
For a long time, African Americans had been on a small island near Charleston, North Caroilna due to slavery. After many hours of working, they began to create the Charleston. It varied from many different styles of steps, one including just a simple twist of the feet in a forward and backward motion.
With many styles of dance being created, dancing marathons came into play. These marathons consisted of many partners who would dance for as long as they could. These marathons, aka walkathons, could last anywhere from a few hours to even a days worth of time. The last couple dancing would be the winners and receive money and a prize.
The Flapper made its way into history in after World War I. The name came from Great Britain and soon came over to the United States. These women were rebellious to society's eyes. They smoked, partied, danced in an untraditional way, drank, drove fast cars and wore "underdressed" clothing as to compaired to the rest of society.
The Effect on Today
The new dance styles and Flappers of the Roaring Twenties had a lasting change on today's American life. It has changed dance and its history by providing new forms of it. The Flappers have provided a new look on fashion and making what you wear more towards your own style. Since the 1920's, America has changed in many ways due to these small but important events in history.
The Beginning of a Rebellious Fad
It all started with the African Amercians on a small island near Charleston, South Caroilna in 1903. Here it is said that The Charleston was born. It was then brought into the show business, and became very popular in 1922.
Dance and Flappers of the 1920's
Ziegfeld Follies Girls
The Charleston Dance
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