1920s

Waltz in the Jazz Age

A video pastiche of Waltzing in the 1920s and 30s.

The Fox Trot in the Jazz Age

An overview of the Foxtrot in the Jazz Age (1920s-1930s) showing its infinite adaptability. All footage is from the era. While dance teachers of the time liked to make distinctions, music publishers, bandleaders and dancers lumped almost any dance in 4/4 or even 2/4 time under the title "Fox Trot" unless it was obviously a Tango.

Collegiate and Jazz Foxtrot in 1929

Scenes from the 1929 movie "Dance Hall", showing kids dancing the "Collegiate" style while the rest of the room is doing Foxtrot. As a very early talkie, the sound track is terrible, so I substituted "Sweet and Hot" by the Ben Pollack Orchestra. While most of the moves are pretty familiar to the Shag crowd, it is a nice review of the state of play at the end of the Roaring '20s.

Louise Brooks Dances the Tango

Louise Brooks dancing the Tango in the 1930 film Prix de Beaute.

1929 Jazz Age Waltz from the Film "Dance Hall"

American Waltz in 1929 from the film "Dance Hall". The Foxtrot-like walking step is clearly visible, especially at the beginning where it is clear that he is stepping only on the downbeats.

Dancing in a Berlin Nightclub - 1928

Dance scenes from "Abwege" (1928) showing Foxtrot and Tango in a posh Berlin nightclub.

Music:
Tango Eine Nacht in Monte Carlo: Marek Weber und unser Orchester
Foxtrot Arpaneetta: Robert Gaden und unser Orchester
Foxtrot Ungaarwein: Barnabas von Geczy und unser Orchester

Jazz Foxtrot from Our Dancing Daughters 1928

Jazz Fotrot/One-Step as seen in three different scenes from the Joan Crawford film "Our Dancing Daughters". The music is "I'm Feeling Good" from Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra.

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