1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

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1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Unread post by Aaron1927 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:23 am

Here is a jolly fun video which describes how the latest fashions have affected ballroom dancing.



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Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Unread post by oldposterho » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:50 am

That is pretty cool. I'd never noticed both the shifts in dance styles and fashions right at the beginning of the sound era but it sure is there.

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:46 pm

Wunnerfull! Thank you. It prompts me to ask how many young bucks these days possess evening clothes and how many young fillies take pride in their ball gown?
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Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Unread post by William D. Ferry » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:11 pm

Is that Nick Long, Jr.?
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Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Unread post by Brooksie » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:38 pm

oldposterho wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:50 am
That is pretty cool. I'd never noticed both the shifts in dance styles and fashions right at the beginning of the sound era but it sure is there.
The change was radical enough to imperil the goat-glanding of at least one late silent that I'm aware of, The Cheaters (1929). Fashions had changed so quickly that they already looked too dated by the time the film was re-released with sound.

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Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Unread post by jcp7701 » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:52 am

So nice to see this in its entirety! I saw a compilation of out-takes several months ago, and remember hearing the same small group of musicians playing a few bars (I seem to remember a prominent saxophone and not much else, but could be mistaken) while looking at a couple's legs, which became rather odd, after a while, take after take.

Interesting to hear the term "ballroom" used this early, as I associate that, at least in my area, with couples in their 50's-80's, wearing clothing that reeks of 1981. No tails or proper dinner suits there. Swing dancers, despite a marginal/assumed interest in big-band era music, gravitate towards 1950's Rockabilly. There are 1920's themed dances, where they assume that every single dance during that decade was a fast Charleston. I'm sure that a few (of us) male dancers around the country have period-correct 1920's dinner suits. Ladies have much more access to good period or repro garments, which, alas, men don't (or won't do the necessary research/spend the money), hence the usual costumey gangster Hallowe'en type outfits.

Much started slowing down by 1928-29. Much as I love the early 1930's for pop culture, music from about 1931-34 is some of my least favourite. Thank goodness the Swing Era came along in 1935!

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