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Here’s a dance class from the 1920s. Our latest vid shows 5 Rare films with some cool dance moves from the Roaring Twenties – a selection of ballroom dancing and contemporary dance, including the Black Bottom, Waltz, Salsa dancing, the Charleston and the Foxtrot – all popular dance styles in the Jazz Age. Classic dance moves from the age of the flapper!

The Black Bottom – this dance became popular in the 1920s, and could be danced solo or as a couple, or, as in this case, in a group.

Waltz – The waltz actually goes back to around 1770, but enjoyed a renewed period of popularity in the 1920’s.

Salsa – The salsa originated in New York but has clear influences from Latin America, incorporating dance styles from  Cuba, Colombia and Puerto Rico.

The Charleston is named after Charleston, South Carolina. The rhythm craze was started by a broadway show tune called The Charleston.


This still photo from the video shows the Charleston in full swing, with big exaggerated leg movements.

The Foxtrot – you’ll note the smoothness of this dance. Usually danced to big band music. It is similar to the waltz, except in a 4/4 time signature. It originated in the 1910s, but was most popular in the 1930s.


We hope that inspired you. Enjoy, and good luck with your dancing!