Throughout the centuries, popular dances have helped people express themselves. Learn the steps of a new dance fad or practice your own old favorites. Genni Abilock, writer and StarQuest fan, loves baby carrots, SpongeBob, Frank Sinatra songs, and dancing.
In the 1920s, the Charleston dance was widely popularized by couples and solo dancers. Charleston dance variations were common across the country. This dance began in African-American dance halls, but quickly spread to other cultures. Ann Pennington and Tom Patricola, two Broadway actors, made the dance famous by dancing it in a Broadway musical. Afterwards, it was copied by other dance floors, such as Harlem’s savoy ballroom.
The bolero is another Argentine dance that has international variations, including Cuban and Spanish dances. The rumba is another bolero variation popular in ballrooms. Both dances use fast tempos and can reach 120 beats per minute. Popular dances from the 1930s to the 1960s have been adapted to fit many different situations and cultures.
The jive is one of the most popular Latin dances. This dance, which is also known as the swing, boogie, and boogie-woogie, is known for its lively performances. Its official ballroom version is performed at 176 beats per minute.