Dance In The 1920s Essay

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Dance in the 1920s

The 1920s was a turning point for dance and everything around it in this era. This time got the name of the “roaring 20’s” and it was anything, but boring. It was also called the “Jazz Age” which pushed forward more dance and jazz at the time. The 1920s were known for many things such as the parties and flappers, but it is truly a decade that changed dance and how it was viewed. At this time people were trying to find outlets from going through the war, and dance was one of these. The Red Scares were prevalent in the 1920s and caused the fear of communism in the United States. This caused a lot of turmoil in the United States as people were on edge about the country getting turned upside down. In 1919 the eighteenth
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Women started to wear shorter dresses and cut their hair short as well. The women wore higher heels and overall developed a name as “flappers”. Women now had bobbed hair, long necklaces, and hats or head pieces. It was also more acceptable for women to smoke and many were seen smoking cigarettes. The dresses got short along with the hair and more makeup was used by women. Men wore clothes suited for dance such as suit jackets and their shoes were usually leather. This was a huge change in gender roles as it wasn’t socially acceptable for women to wear these clothes. Before the 20s women were conservative and had longer hair, but the 20s allowed these stereotypes to change and women to break free from …show more content…
The waltz came back around in the 20s as dancers gave it a new twist. The salsa made its way into the 20s as well. The foxtrot became more popular in this decade as well. These dances didn’t use as big movements as the others, but had their own spin with simple steps. In the 1920s dance marathons became popular and caused competition between dancers and it was something fun and new. It eventually became outlawed as people were going to extremes to win. This led to prizes and money being involved in dancing upping the stakes.
Along with dance other forms of expressionism became more popular. Writing in America took off and many well known authors were in the 1920s. Names include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest
Hemingway, William Faulkner. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were popular musicians that got their start in the 1920s as well. Alice’s Wonderland was also produced in this decade. Technology developed as well in this time period that helped along with dance techniques. The

radio also became quite popular and helped push music forward and make it more popular. These all tied in with dance as more forms of expressionism were developing and growing only setting up dance and other forms up for the

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