Herräng Dance Camp

2nd July to 6th August

Prepmode for Camp 2016
Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Solo Jazz & Tap

Ragtime and Jazz Era Dances

This program has the intention to hold on to the different traditions of social dancing in America from around 1900 up until 1930. This time period very much represents the first American social dance craze era presenting many hundreds of dances, originally danced in rural honky tonks as well as sofisticated metropolic ballrooms. Many of these dance forms have over the years receded into memories, while some of them, such as the Two Step, Foxtrot, Peabody, Slow Drag, Texas Tommy, Black Bottom, Charleston et cetera, have partly survived and are still in circulation. This new program in Herräng will focus on a few of these dances, keeping in mind that some of them from an historic point of view have served as early predecessors to the Lindy Hop and other dances of the swing era.

Origin: all over the U.S from the later part of the 1800s up until around 1930.
Music: ragtime, jazz and other forms of pre-swing music in general
Synonyms: -
Film clips: Texas Tommy (1914), Black Bottom (1919).

Ragtime and Jazz Era Dances Alternatives: 
The above alternative is a mixed level program that offers a serious overview of the dance trends of the era. The majority of the students will probably be lindy hoppers with a reduced experience of the pre-swing dances.

Available: Week 2