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“The Charleston”

“The Charleston was a very popular dance of the 1920s, danced by both young women (Flappers) and young men of that generation. The Charleston involves the fast-paced swinging of the legs as well as big arm movements.

Rather than dancing the popular dances of the late 19th century and early 20th century, such as the polka, two-step, or waltz, the freer generation of the Roaring Twenties created a new dance craze. Experts in the history of dance believe that some of the Charleston’s movements probably came from Trinidad, Nigeria, and Ghana. Its first appearance in the United States was around 1903 in Black communities off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. It was then used Harlem, NYC productions by 1913. It did not become internationally popular until 1923.