Musical Theatre is a concoction of various styles such as jazz, charleston, and pretty much incorporating any dance style which is reflected in the piece of theatre (bollywood, line-dancing etc). Here we describe one of our favourite styles at Betty Bloom Dance:
The Charleston dance took its name from the town of Charleston, South Carolina, although it’s origins lie in African-American community in the United States. In its early days of the Prohibition period in the early 20’s, the dance was considered immoral and provocative. It clearly exhibited the changing image of women of the era, encompassing the independent movement.
The Charleston rhythm gained mainstream popularity in the 1923 when the song “The Charleston” appeared in the Broadway show “Running Wild” and became one of the most popular hits of the decade. The music itself is ragtime jazz in quick 4/4 time with syncopated rhythms.
The Charleston dance morphed to different styles in the 1930’s as fashions changed and the dance developed. It can be danced solo, as a tandem and as part of the variety of Swing dances.
- Posted On : 31 Dec 2013