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Doing the Charleston

It was 1923 and people were not doing the Twist they were doing the Charleston. This dance became popular with the song ‘The Charleston” composed by James P. Johnson and performed in the Broadway musical “Runnin’ Wild”. The origins of this dance can be found among the dark-skinned people who lived on an island located off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. However, the dance only became popular when the musical made its debut.

The dance is not particularly easy but it’s a lot of fun. As you dance you sway both arms and do some fast movements with your feet. Each movement you make is done with a little hop in-between the various steps. The dance was also very popular because it was so versatile. You could do it by yourself, with a partner or even in a group. It’s never too late to learn to do the Charleston. Take a look at the video and see what you think.


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