Dance
Dancers take to floor but it’s striped shirt girl that has all eyes on her when her feet start to move
She really stole the show!
Cherie Gozon
05.05.22

Have you noticed how some trends from other decades are becoming a hit again?

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You see it mostly in fashion, but it is also evident in music, movies, and even cars! Some beloved classics always come back when people love to relive them.

The Charleston is one of these trends making waves on TikTok right now.

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It is a popular dance in the 20s known for its fast footwork and arm movements. Its rise to fame was in 1923 from James P. Johnson’s song “The Charleston,” which was part of the Broadway musical called “Running Wild.”

During this decade, there were other popular dances, but The Charleston stood out from the rest.

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The popular dances during this decade were two-step, waltz, and polka. The younger, freer generation of men and women created the Charleston craze. The dance craze came and went, but it seems like it is making waves again today.

Just like this Charleston Dance Challenge that went viral with over 10M views!

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Ksenia Parkhatskaya is known for her Charleston dance moves. This time, she took her friends and colleagues with her for a dance challenge during the Paris Jazz Roots in 2015. While you might think this is so yesterday, it’s becoming viral again, especially since it has become a popular TikTok challenge.

Ksenia was accompanied by top international teachers and dancers.

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YouTube Screenshot - Eric Esquivel

With her were Evita Arche, Remy Kouakou Kouame, Nathan Bugh, Juan Villafane, Rikard Ekstrand, and many others. They faced off by taking turns on who took the dance floor.

They started with their individual performances, one after the other.

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YouTube Screenshot - Eric Esquivel

The men had quite a slow start (slow for a fast dance such as the Charleston), but they showed off some good shuffling of their feet. Then, the women showed off what they got, which sparked the heat of the competition.

Each member of both teams was going at it one by one.

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YouTube Screenshot - Eric Esquivel

As each member took center stage, the dance got more and more intense. Each dancer moved faster and with lots of flair. Some even went down (literally) and went lower each time.

The dance challenge picked up its pace as they started to go by pair.

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As one team dances, the rest of their team cheers. And you can see how competitive this dance challenge was by looking at the other camp: they were observing what they did, probably planning their next move.

The fun part was when one member would take the lead, and the rest would follow.

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Of course, they knew what the Charleston steps were, so it was easier to dance along. The more members who danced with the “leader,” the more people cheered.

These dancers aren’t simply shuffling their feet in whatever way.

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YouTube Screenshot - Eric Esquivel

They were making signature Charleston dance moves. Ksenia said that among the dance steps she did were the Happy Feet, Charleston 20s basic step, Fall Off the Log, Over the Tops, and Triple Step. If you want to learn how to do these, you can check out her YouTube Channel.

At the end of the challenge, the people voted for Ksenia’s group as the winner.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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