Dances of the Art Deco era

The Art Deco era was famous for jazz music and the swing dance styles that are performed to that music genre.

Arguably the most iconic dance of this era is the Charleston. This dance is highly fierce and energetic and become popular in the mainstream in 1923, after appearing in the Broadway show “Running Wild”.

The Charleston was most popular with “Flappers” or rebellious young ladies of the 1920s who wore short dresses and had bobbing hair. The Charleston can be danced many ways including solo, with a partner or in a group.

The Lindy Hop is another iconic dance from this era. The Lindy Hop dance became popular in the late 1920s and evolved from it’s predecessors like the Charleston, Two-Step and Breakaway. The Lindy Hop is a type of swing dance which can only be danced with a partner.

The Lindy Hop was named after the aviator Charles Lindbergh following his “hop” from Paris to New York in 1927. While the dance grew internationally with its appearances in films, it was the American soldiers stationed in Europe during WWII that made this dance popular in many new countries.

Swing dance has continued to evolve and the Lindy Hop is seen as instrumental in the evolution of this dance genre.

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