Dances of the 20s Deverie and Lexi

Most of the dancing crazes were found in night clubs and community centers that sold illegal alcohol for the ultimate party.

The Big Apple, Tango, and Fox-Trot

The Big Apple is a circle dance that originated in the Afro-American community. The tango is another partner dance that flows across the dance floor. The fox-trot, or one step, is a partner dance that is also characterized by flowing movements across the dance floor.

The Charleston and Shag

The Charleston is the repetition of twisting your legs in and out as you move forward and backwards. The shag is another form of swing dance. James P. Johnson’s song “The Charleston” (1923) is what got the most iconic dance craze on it's feet.

The Lindy Hop, Shimmy, and Jitterbug

The Lindy Hop is a member of the swing dance community. When dancing the shimmy one simply shakes their entire body. The Jitterbug is a quirky dance that has a two step pattern mixed in with twirls.

Black Bottom

The Black Bottom is similar to the ChaCha Slide in which the dancers are told what steps to take.

"Hop down front then doodle back / Mooch to your left then mooch to the right / Hands on your hips and do the mess around, / Break a leg until you're near the ground / Now that's the old black bottom dance.
Dancing show girls were called flappers and wore dresses with fringe that shook as they danced.
Women wore tall dance shoes and short dresses. Men wore sally shoes and full suits to hide the sweat from dancing.
People like George S. Snowden would change the name of old dance moves like the one-step to the Fox-Trot and the Texas Tommy to the Lindy Hop to make it sound new and get it to the top of the dance chain.
No one taught dances, they simply caught on after viewing musicals and listening to songs.

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