Charleston

Charleston
Shorty George Snowden and the Birth of the Lindy Hop
From 1929 film short After Seben. Shorty and his partner are the third couple. Note the breakaway step in which the partners separate from each other. This is the beginning of what will become the swingout, the basic step of Lindy Hop. All other swing dances come from the Lindy Hop.


The Charleston is a fast and flashy dance that swept the nation in the twenties. It is done by both individuals and couples and is danced both socially and in performance. The Lindy Hop, which emerged in the late 1920s, contains a lot of Charleston steps.

We have some excellent offerings if you want to learn the Charleston, either as a solo dance, a partner dance or to add exciting steps to your Lindy Hop.

If you are interested in historic footage of the Charleston as it was danced in the twenties, there are some amazing filmclips on America Dances showing both performers and ordinary people of the Jazz Age. The Spirit Moves has leading dancers of the Savoy Ballroom demonstrating Charleston steps in a studio setting.

In the video clip of Shorty George Snowden and others dancing in 1929, you can see the Charleston evolving into the Lindy Hop. You can learn the steps from this film sequence in Alison and Joel's Swingbrain CD-Rom, After Seben.

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