Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Video from the Archives: Dance Crazes of the Roaring Twenties

Friday, July 22, 2016

Isabella reporting,

Because I'm in New York today on a museum-and-research junket, I'm dipping back into our archives for some summertime dancing.

The 1920s may have been a decade of great change and historical significance, but on film, the '20s sure look like a whole lot of fun. This clip is a compilation of popular dances and general shenanigans from the time, matched to the appropriate music that's guaranteed to make you want to jump up for a quick Charleston or Foxtrot. Ain't we got fun!


Lil Marek said...

Ah, the Roaring Twenties, with the Black Bottom Dance and I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate. The dancing was nothing if not energetic!

akb said...

Love it!!

Barbara Krasner said...

The 1920s also saw the birth of the Dance Marathon - started first in England and France and then came to New York City's Audubon Ballroom in April 1923. Not like "They Shoot Horses, Don't They," they were endurance contests for the individual with the goal of breaking new world records.

Jilly said...

Oh, that was lovely. Reminded me of when we were young and energetic.

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