Dance In The 1920's Essay

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“People dance because dance can change things. One move, can bring people together. One move, can make you believe like there's something more. One move, can set a whole generation free.” (Adam Sevani). Dancing is something that has been around for longer than anyone can remember. In the 1920’s, dancing was very important. The Great Gatsby, which is set in the 1920’s, is still relevant today in the way of dancing. Dancing may be different today but it still has some of the same characteristics as it did in the 1920’s. The style of dance and the music may be different, but the purpose of dancing isn’t. The dancing in the 1920’s was different than it is now in the sense of style. An article written, called the “Jazz Age Social Dancing”, talks about the different styles of dance. The most popular types were the Foxtrot, the Waltz, and the Tango. These dances were easy to do, and easy to learn. These easy-to-learn dances gave everyone a chance to have fun on the dance floor. Also, people in all social classes were able to dance. In The Great Gatsby, the people at Gatsby’s parties would dance all night and have a great time. Today, we don’t dance those specific styles. We do more styles like…show more content…
We do it to have fun. Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber wrote a book, The 1920’s, and it talked about how dancing is for fun. People went out dancing to have a good time with their friends. In the book Dance Marathons: Performing American Culture in the 1920s and 1930s, written by Carol Martin and Brooks McNamara, it talks about how there used to be dance contests and marathons where people would just simply dance. People danced at Gatsby’s parties in The Great Gatsby to have fun and to show they were having a good time. Dancing today isn’t any different. We dance today to have fun with our friends and family. There is dancing at parties, school dances, clubs, concerts, and even

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