What to wear
We invite you to wear clothes that are comfortable to move in. Most women typically wear blouses, pants, dresses, skirts and similar. Most men wear polo or collared shirts with slacks or jeans. Leather and hard sole shoes work well for women and men. Shoes for women should not be high-heeled. Please no rubber athletic shoes.
Fridays - October 4th, 11th, 18th
No previous dance experience required
Join Teresa for a mini series of Charleston dance which was a very popular dance of the 1920s enjoyed by both young women (flappers) and young men of the "Roaring '20s" generation. The Charleston involves the fast-paced swinging of the legs and big arm movements.
This 3-week series will include some basic Charleston Steps in a line dance form, moving onto partner dances and variations within the Charleston. By the end of this series, couples will be able to feel comfortable dancing with or without a partner and expect to know a few variations of flicks and kicks and how to connect basic Charleston movements.
The history of dance believe that some of the Charleston's movements probably came from Trinidad, Nigeria, and Ghana. Its first appearance in the United States was around 1903 in black communities in the southern U.S. It was then used in the Whitman Sisters stage act in 1911, and in Harlem productions by 1913. It did not become internationally popular until the musical "Runnin' Wild" debuted in 1923. The Charleston has been traced back to those who lived on an island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston became extremely popular in the 1920s and is still danced today as part of swing dancing and Quickstep.