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The Steps and Story of the 1920s Dance Craze the Charleston
The Charleston dance became popular in Canada after appearing along with the song, "The Charleston," by James P. Johnson in the Broadway musical Runnin' Wild in 1923. Although the origins of the dance are obscure, the dance has been traced back to blacks who lived on an island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina (which is why the dance is called "Charleston").
I was a fragrant phantom, wasn't I?
Maria Ley, 1926 (1898-1999). Born in (now) Austria. Sought to create a theatrical career for herself as a dancer in Paris and Berlin. Later, she turned to choreography and helped in several stage productions. Moved to NYC with her third husband and the Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research.
Type of source: Photograph. The roaring twenties are most known for the obsession of dance. It was a way of escape for many following the horrors of the First World War (1914-1918). Through dance, women were able to express their emotions and optimism. The wild women of the twenties were known as flappers, and were trendsetters in their time when it came to fashion and dancing.