[2015] Kamilla Kristoffersen: All That Jazz: Dancing In The 1920s

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[2015] Kamilla Kristoffersen: All That Jazz: Dancing In The 1920s

All that jazzDancing in the 1920s

The 1920's was a decade of change. They had just survived a war, with great loss, but both the Europeans and Americans were already dancing again. In France where the ban on social dancing still was in effect in 1918, did not stop them, they danced on with great joy. The young generation was changing in Europe and America, both in behaviour and language. In America, more and more Americans moved to the city and now, for the firts time, there lived more people in the cities, than on farms. America experienced a great growth economically, and the nations wealth had almost doubled from the 1920's to 1929. That gave the people a lot of opportunities. "The consumer nation" was formed, though it was still unfamiliar to many of the "new consumers". The ladies bought new clothing, most of them inspired by the "Flapper"- trend, but the automobile- business was by far the most growing new luxury. But most of the young generation only wanted to dance to the jazzy tunes played in the radioes, that now was a thing everyone had. They all wanted to do "The Lindy Hop", "The Black Bottom" and "The Charleston", and they did, with great enthusiasm although the older generation frowned upon it, but the young generation loved the freedom they felt on the dancefloor.

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The Charleston

The Lindy Hop

The Black Bottom

In the 1920's and 30's the Lindy Hop, named for the pilot Charles Lindburgh's first solo flight, emerged and was the first dance to include swinging the partner into the air, as well as jumping in sequence.

The Charleston is characterized by outward heel kicks combined with an up and down movement achieved by bending and straightening the knees in time to the music.

The Black bottom, is a jazz dance combining shoulder and hip movements, danced by African Americans in the U.S. South, as early as 1907. In a modified version it became a national trend after its appearance in a 1926 Broadway musical.


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