1920s Dance the Black Bottom!

last modified Jul 20, 2018 by Kathy Pinna
posted Jan 30, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
Sometimes you just have to let loose and dance! And that's just what they did in the Roaring 1920s. After World War I and before The Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, people just wanted to have fun. Perky and energetic, you couldn't stay still when you saw this and that's still true. (It would make a good morning workout!)

One piece of sheet music gave these instructions for the dance:

Hop down front then doodle back (doodle means "slide")
Mooch to your left then mooch to the right (mooch means "shuffle forward with both feet - hips go first, then feet")
Hands on your hips and do the mess around,
Break a leg until you're near the ground (break a leg is a hobbling step)
Now that's the old black bottom dance

Now let's watch the black bottom dance being performed to the tune "Varsity Drag"!
History: It seems that the black bottom dance originated in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century and became the rage after the Charleston of the early 1920's. But the origins are muddied because, as one professional dancer said at the time "That dance is as old as the hills." In any case, its popularity in the late '20s amongst the American public drew on the popularity of the Charleston.

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