Dance Styles of 1920’s The 1920’s were a very interesting time period, especially due to the emergence and jazz and dancing with it. Generally when people talked about dancing back in the jazz age, they might think about the exuberant youth dances like the Charleston or Lindy Hop, or the theatrical dances of Fred and Ginger. A common misconception are people assuming all people, regardless of age or ethnicity was dancing the latest fad youth dance of the moment, like the Black Bottom, Collegiate Shag or Lindy Hop (Musings). Dancing during the Roaring Twenties was important because it allegedly helped with women’s liberation. Women found it in there place to dance and it’s surely no coincidence that this was an era obsessed with dancing.
“It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, it was an age of satire” (Fitzgerald). The 1920s, otherwise known as the “Roaring Twenties,” was a significant time full of innovation in film and visual art. Young people accomplished their independence by experimenting with new ideas and ways of living. With that came the Flapper; she danced to jazz music and wore short skirts. Also, in the book Flappers, written by Kelly Boyer Sagert, she displayed characteristics and actions of the typical flapper; “they bound their breasts, in radical contrast to the Gibson girl curves; bared their arms; neglected to clinch their waists; wore flashy stockings, and painted their faces with bright and bold cosmetics” (Sagert 2).
The impact that Louis Armstrong had on jazz music and the Jazz Age was so immaculate that it transformed the genre of this new music for many generations to come. Through his multitudes of different performances during the twenties, he developed new ways and techniques to enhance his playing. Performances were never lacking for Louis he showcased solos, as well as in bands, which expanded his popularity throughout the country. Beginning his career and influence in the twenties, he started off with his solo performances, exhibiting his incredible trumpet and cornet playing as well as adding some singing in with the mix. These bountiful performances allowed him to become invited by his mentor “King” Oliver to be a part of his Creole Jazz Band.
The parents of the young girl start off by making a brindis, or a toast. They remark on the young girl with fond memories and special messages, transferring knowledge and life experience to her. Most importantly to their little girl blossoming into a mature women. The father daughter dance of the is the first dance of the night with the young girl and her father. It's the most emotional dance that symbolizes the young girls first dance with her father as a women.
In the twenties, it was the strive for wealth. Many people look back at this time period and think, “those were the days…” but, the days for who? The 1920s was also referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties’, however, it seemed only the men were allowed to roar. In this time period, America followed a patriarchy which saw that women were subservient to men. As F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was written during this time period, it is no surprise that many elements of this novel were
During the Roaring Twenties, people started spending more money and having more free time. They got this free time because of an increase in production, letting them out of the factories more. With more time on there hands, people started to listen to musicians like louis Armstrong. Armstrong played a significant role in the 1920’s by changing the way people looked at jazz music. Armstrong was born August 4,1901 in New Orleans.
After the Cold War, there was a vast Economic boom, people were earning money and putting money in the banks more than ever before. Musical entertainment was a big influence on the youth of America, it was newly created genre of Rock N’ Roll that brought upon international icon Elvis Presley to the world and many others. The decade of the 50s matched up with the popular term,“Leave it to Beaver”, a peaceful, prosperous, smooth sailing of a typical family. More to the terms of a Nuclear Family that a lot of people in the 1950s had high standards to. A
The singles sold well in the Memphis area immediately, and by 1955 they began starting to sell well to country audiences throughout the country but especially in the South. Presley, Moore, and Black hit the road with a stage show that grew ever wilder and more provocative, Elvis’ constant dance moves especially his swiveling hips caused enormous debate though out America. The last Sun single, "Mystery Train," hit number one on the national country charts in late 1955. Presley was a performer with superstar potential, attracting the interest of big labels and Colonel Tom Parker, who became Elvis' manager. In need of capital to expand the Sun label, Sam Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA in late 1955 for 35,000 dollars.
To the community, Gatsby is known for both his substantial wealth and lavish parties, but people are unsure of how he had gained his wealth, which caused him to become the center of rumors around Long Island. According to History.com, “the nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929” (Roaring Twenties). In regards to his money, one woman claimed,
The roaring twenties was a time when the nation's wealth doubled between the years 1920 to 1929. Men and women celebrated this time by enjoying parties and gatherings every so often. Women also were ecstatic since they were able to vote due to the 18th amendment. However, since the economic growth there were many conflicts rather than celebration. Women at this time had many advantages, they were becoming free.
The new form of popular entertainment really kept the 1920’s quite entertained from their political songs, broadsides, dance music, and piano music; how could one be bored? (Funk and Wagnalls) During this era several things began to gain attention, but a couple things in particular really shined through all the pieces coming out in the wave of notoriety. The popular considered to be the “happy-go-lucky,” melodies that centered a lot of popular favorites were coming from a composer of the name Tin Pan Alley. Some of the melodies that were popular were: Whispering, Wang Wang Blues, Wabash Blues, Linger Awhile, Who, My Blue Heaven, Sonny Boy, The Prisoner 's Song, April Showers, My Mammy, Dreamy Melody, and It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More. (Jazz Standards.com) The 1920’s centered around these tunes more than others, but that doesn’t mean they were hated they just weren’t as popular; but despite the rankings the pieces affected the entertainment in the 20’s for the best.
The historgraphy of 1920s’s many historians either to criticize or to praise the decade. The decade itself is change in American history but tracing the shifting of cultural, political and economic changes. many historians praise the Roaring twenties, because it pulled America out of postwar catastrophe with a new cultural change thus creating new civilization. The roaring twenties was built upon technology, efficient cause of high wages, private business, birth of new women as Thomas Nixon carver defend the decade by saying it is innovation that brought in cultural revolution “Roaring Twenties”, This decade of time has brought change in lifestyle, financial, technology and culture. Political changes helped roaring twenties , Preston w. Slosson observe for the History of American Life came to new conclusion on the decade by stating "Often in history the acid test of wealth has been applied to a
There was also Ragtime music and Broadway musicals that were also very famous. Exuberant dances were invented for the upbeat tempo’s. Jazz spread to many dance alls and other venues. The main form of popular concert music was marching bands and dance bands. The arrival of the radio and the phonograph records introduced jazz to remote locations.
We will also reflect on television’s ability and process of becoming a global medium, the economic, social, political, and cultural impacts from its invention, and television’s limitations. For the first time ever in the 1920’s, more people in the United States were living in cities rather than on farms. This decade was appropriately titled the “Roaring 20’s” because of the major economic, political and social changes that took place. Between 1920 and 1929, the wealth of American citizens increased