Friday, August 12, 2011

Dance The Black Bottom at your 1920s wedding or party!

As part of my research for the novel I'm working on, which is set in the 1920s, I've been listening to a lot of 1920s music.  (As I've mentioned before, you can find a whole bunch of 20s music if you search iTunes or Amazon, and if you choose downloadable music, you can sample it and start working on your reception playlist right away!)  One of the songs I ran across was "The Black Bottom," which apparently was a very popular dance during the 1920s.

I ran across two videos of the dance that will give you an idea of what it looks like.  This first one is a fantastic video that contrasts two clips of the Black Bottom, one from 1919 (which looks more like a dance hall routine, very suggestive!), and one from 1927 (more of a traditional couples dance).

This second video is a real gem, though. It looks to me like the video is really old, probably really period, but it also walks you through how to do the steps of the dance. It looks a lot easier than the Charleston, so it'll be more feasible to do it at your 1920s-themed reception or party. Plus, since the video is so period, you can show it to help everyone learn how, and still be in keeping with your theme!

Have fun!


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

1920s music and dancing videos

Here are a couple of videos I ran across the other day, when I was researching the 1920s for my novel's setting.  The first one has some great music, and shows a lot of video footage from the 1920s — if you're doing research for outfits and decor ideas for your wedding or a costume party, this is the kind of thing that will be tons of help!  Also check out the uploader's other videos — he has tons of great 1920s videos!

The next couple of videos are 1920s dancing clips, set to popular dance music from the period. The first video, you'll notice is from the same uploader as the previous video.

This video focuses on the Charleston! What an athletic dance! No wonder it was fashionable to be stick-thin back then. You couldn't help but be thin if you danced this every night!

I have one more video for you, but the next one deserves its own post... In the meantime, enjoy these, and have fun looking at the related videos!


Sunday, August 07, 2011

Get 1920s style with LONG hair

One of the questions I often get asked is how to achieve 1920s hair with long hair.  Not every woman wants to cut off her hair for her wedding or a costume party, so it's good to find a hairstyle that'll look 1920s without requiring scissors!

Here is a video on YouTube that'll help you out a bit with this.  In the video, Iris walks you through how to simulate a short 20s style bob by doing pin curls.  She stresses to keep everything tight, but I think it's worth repeating — this look is only going to work if you keep those pin curls tight tight TIGHT!

Good luck!


Saturday, August 06, 2011

More 1920s stuff coming up!

I've been researching the 1920s in more detail, since I'm planning to write a novel set in the time period, so I've been finding lots of cool stuff to share with my fellow 1920s fans — and hopefully provide some help for those of you who are planning weddings!  Stay tuned — I'll have some fun videos and music recommendations posted in the next week or so.