The Charleston is a dance named for the harbor city in South Carolina and became popular in 1923 when pianist James P. Johnson’s Broadway show, Runnin’ Wild, saw Elisabeth Welch sing “Charleston.” However, the dance originally debuted in Irving C. Miller’s Liza.
The dance has been seen in a number of films throughout the 1920s and even in some contemporary films. Its most recent appearance was in 2013’s The Great Gatsby.
WATCH these exceptional dancers performing this vintage dance that reminds me of simpler times:
And in case you wanted to learn how to dance the Charleston yourself, take a look at this instructional video featuring Sharon Davis who breaks it down for you:
I love these old dances. They really take me back!
Share with your friends and family and maybe introduce them to some classic dancing!