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!



At 5:22 PM, Blogger Christina said...

These videos are great! Thanks for posting. I think I can do the Black Bottom now :)

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks for visiting Christina! I'm glad the videos helped!


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