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The Charleston

The Charleston is not strictly a swing dance but is such a close ancestor that it seems a pity to ignore it. The Charleston is the dance of the Roaring '20s. It is mainly an unpartnered dance form, and danced well can be both energetic and funny.

You can find a great show of autenitc 20s Charleston here, with instruction. You can see a compilation of original 1920s footage here, here, here and another here: they show dancing and other aspects of 20s life. The strange movie to be found here seems to include images from a pre-war party with Charleston and Bunny Hop going on, but has a very modern sound track.

Visit the class notes page on the Swingdoctors' website for notes and videos about how to dance the Charleston.