Charleston - Where To Dance
Where To Dance

Dance Style - Charleston


The Charleston is an iconic dance of the 1920s Jazz Age, known for its lively and unrestrained movements. It captures the spirit of the Roaring Twenties and remains a beloved symbol of that transformative era.

Historical Background

Emerging from African American dance traditions, the Charleston soared in popularity during the 1920s, partly due to its feature in the Broadway hit "Runnin' Wild." It embodied the era's sense of freedom and rebellion against traditional norms.

Characteristics of the Charleston

  • Energetic Moves: Characterized by its dynamic and often offbeat steps.
  • Distinctive Steps: Notable for its kicked-out legs and rhythmic arm swings.
  • Versatility: Adaptable as a solo or partnered dance, it has influenced and evolved through various dance styles over the years.