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For instance the Jitterbug..

Jitterbug
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Jitterbug dancers in 1938
Jitterbug dancers in 1938
Jitterbugging at a juke joint, November 1939
Jitterbugging at a juke joint, November 1939

Jitterbug can be used as a noun to refer to a swing dancer or various types of swing dances, e.g., Lindy Hop[1], Jive and East Coast Swing. This has led to confusion within the dance community since jitterbug can refer to different swing dances. It can also be used as a verb to mean someone dancing to swing music. For example, "People were top-notch jitterbugging, jumping around, cutting loose and going crazy".[2]

Various editions of Arthur Murray's "How To Become a Good Dancer" contain the following text. "There are hundreds of regional dances of the Jitterbug type", "A favorite with young New Yorkers is the Lindy Hop"(1947), "Whether it's called Swing, Lindy or Jitterbug.." (1954). "Formerly called Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and various other names in different parts of the country... Swing is the newer title"(1959)."

The term "jitterbug" comes from an early 20th century slang used to describe alcoholics who suffered from the "jitters" (delirium tremens).[citation needed] During the early 1900s, the term became associated with swing dancers who danced without any control or knowledge of the dance.[3] This term was famously associated with swing era dancers by band leader Cab Calloway [1] because, as he put it, "They look like a bunch of jitterbugs out there on the floor"[citation needed] due to their fast often bouncy movements on the dance floor. In popular culture it became generalized to mean a swing dancer (e.g., you were a jitterbug), a type of swing dance (e.g., you danced the jitterbug), or the act of swing dancing (e.g., you were jitterbugging).

Calloway’s 1935 recording of “Call of the Jitter Bug (Jitterbug) [2] [3] and the film “Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party” [4] popularized use of the word “jitterbug”, and created a strong association between Calloway and jitterbug. Lyrics to "Call of the Jitter Jug" clearly demonstrate the association between the word jitterbug, and the consumption of alcohol. "If you'd like to be a jitter bug, First thing you must do is get a jug, Put whiskey, wine and gin within, And shake it all up and then begin. Grab a cup and start to toss, You are drinking jitter sauce! Don't you worry, you just mug, And then you'll be a jitter bug!" [5]

World War II facilitated the spread of jitterbug to Europe. For instance, by May 1944 in preparation for D-Day, there were nearly 2 million American troops stationed throughout Britain. [4] Time magazine reported that American troops stationed in France in 1945 jitterbugged. [6], and by 1946 jitterbug had become a craze in England. [7]

Jitterbug was also done to early rock and roll. Rockabilly musician Janis Martin equates jitterbug with rock and roll dancing in her April 1956 song "Drugstore Rock 'n' Roll". "The girls fill the jukebox and then demand The jitterbug hand-in-hand... Drugstore's rockin', rock-rock".[8][9][10] In 1957 the Philadelphia, PA based American Bandstand was picked up by the American Broadcasting Company and shown across the United States. Bandstand featured then currently popular songs, live appearances by musicians, and dancing in the studio. At this time the most popular fast dance was Jitterbug, which is described as “a frentic leftover of the swing era ballroom days that was only slightly less acrobatic than Lindy”. [5]



 

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Can you post me some dances, and maybe background on such?
« Reply #1 on: 11/05/2008 00:11:09 »
How about the Gavotte? That's more my era.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavotte
 

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« Reply #2 on: 11/05/2008 04:42:27 »
Thanks Doc.. I don't think I have ever heard of that one... very cool! looks to be a lot of hopping in that one.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 11/05/2008 07:21:39 »
I really like that Irish " Riverdance " stuff called  Irish Stepdance.

When ever I'm stuck in traffic I always get out of the car and spontaneously start to stepdance !....and at traffic lights and whilst awaiting my burger King burgers from the drive-thru to be ready !...though, I have found....doing it in the shower is not advised !....especially in a communal shower at the leisure center !





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Irish stepdance is a type of performance dance originating in Ireland from traditional Irish dance. Irish stepdancing has been recently popularized by the world-famous show "Riverdance" and its followers. Irish stepdance is performed in most places with large Irish populations, though not all stepdancers are of Irish ancestry. Aside from public dance performances, there are also stepdance competitions in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and North America. Most competitive stepdances are solo dances, though many stepdancers also perform and compete using traditional set and céilí dances. When performed as a solo dance, it is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and the quick and precise movements of the feet.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 11/05/2008 07:50:52 »
Yes this I've seen and enjoyed watching.... nice colors bright and cheery... YAYYYYYYYYYY! Thanks Neily!

Those patrons at Burger king ought to be paying you for your dancing services.... LOL..Reminds me I just watched the full Monte ...LOL It was quite entertaining I had never seen it before... Maybe you should try that at burger king they may pay for for your dinner! YAYYYYYYYY! LOL
 

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« Reply #6 on: 11/05/2008 14:41:09 »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twist_%28dance%29

The Twist like the Beatles were part of but going back to Elvis
Presley, Cliff Richard etc.
No I can't do it LOL
 

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« Reply #7 on: 12/05/2008 08:05:05 »
You can't talk about 60s dances without mentioning The Hot Potato, The Funky Chicken & The Hitch-hiker
 

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