Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Black Bottom

A couple years ago, I bought a 1920s album that featured the Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders' version of the "The Black Bottom" dance. It's one of my favorite tracks. Every time I listen to it, it stays in my head the rest of the day, and makes my obligations a little bit easier and happier. Anyway, I found this video with a couple other versions of the song, plus footage of a cute couple and woman dancing. These people blow my mind, because I dislike most popular modern dancing (with the exception of maybe salsa, but even that has been around for quite awhile), and I doubt many women today would dance the way the 1919 woman does. I think it relates back to the discussion from the previous Winnie Lightner post, that most entertainers today are too contrived, and less likely to convey the sort of "free spirit" quality I see in this era.

If Gaga and Britney think they can dance, I'd like to see them try this!

Isn't it cute?


BaronessVonVintage said...

I would totally love to learn this! Awesome!

Shybiker said...

Wow... the 1919 dancer has such an interesting combination of dance-styles. I see seeds of several modern dance-moves in her creation. Very interesting. Francy, you're a great resource!

emma wallace said...

Oh! It looks like so much fun! You're right that most contemporary dancers would be nervous to let themselves be that exuberant.

Anonymous said...

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Sally said...

I love this video!! I love ballroom dancing so the part with the couple completely intrigues me. I'm dying to learn how to do that! The dancing back then was such a skill (unlike most dancing today).