Charleston is a harbour city in South Carolina. South Carolina is known as the Palmetto State due the fact its main forth was built on spongey palmetto wood which helped repel a British attack as the cannonballs simply bounced off the fortress. Perhaps it is no surprise the Charleston dance is characterised by its bouncy rhythmic movements.
The Charleston made its debut to the wider world in 1923 in the Broadway show Runnin’ Wild. It is comprised of the African dance Juba and consists of fast footwork with twisting, bouncing heelwork and swinging arms.
Performed on the night by Tara and James to “Bang” by Will.I.Am;
The Jive is a dance formed from African-American dances in the 1930s. It’s a more uninhabited version of the Jitterbug. Cab Calloway was an early proponent and it brought it to the attention of the wider public.
It is a very happy and ‘boppy’ dance with the lifting and bending of knees and rocking of the hips commonplace. This dance is usually performed to Swing or Rock music.
Performed on the night by Tori and Gerard to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-go” by Wham
How do you feel now compared to the beginning of rehearsals? (more confident, more nervous?)
What has been your highlight so far?
Who are you most looking forward to seeing in the audience on the night?
Losing a lot of weight
Elegant/smouldering and sexy.
I have never been so nervous about anything I have done in my life.
I love the challenge of learning something new at 63 years of age and love the feel-good factor in helping to contribute to a worthy cause like Ozanam House.
All my family and friends especially my 2 kids Conor and Lauren and I hope I make them proud of their “Old Man” on the night or else give them a good laugh.
1. I loved it!
2. I feel more confident.
3. Loved every minute of it!
4. To see my biggest supporter, Husband Matt.
We feel confident enough that we know the routine now but let’s just hope it stays in our heads on the night. We’re definitely more nervous now then we were at the beginning, mainly at the thoughts of performing in front of hundreds of people!
Learning something completely new has been a highlight for both of us and getting to go through this experience together is a bonus, looking back at each week’s progress is a real sense of accomplishment. Another highlight was the table quiz fundraiser we ran in February, the turnout was amazing, and the support shown has been overwhelming and it was great fun!
Definitely our family and friends – knowing that they are all there to support us and cheer us on makes us feel a lot more excited and hopefully ease the nerves.
The Paso Doble was a military march that emulates the movements of a matador for the man and the cape for the woman. It is believed to have come from Southern France and many of the terms relating to the dance are French.
Ballroom Paso Doble dancing is heavily choreographed and is usually performed in competitions and rarely danced socially.
Performed on the night by Rita and Krishna to “Fuegos” by Dance Life
American Smooth along with American rhythm are the two forms of ballroom dancing that make-up the American style. It is made up of four dances; the waltz, Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz. He dance is influenced by Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray amongst others.
The Viennese Waltz is the original form of the Waltz and is the oldest ballroom dance created in the 1780s. As the name suggests, it comes from Austria and Germany.
The Viennese Waltz created a stir when it was first viewed by the public as it was the time men and women danced in hold and the ladies’ ankles were clearly visible. This version is usually more up-tempo than the regular Waltz.
Performed on the Night by Orla and Declan to “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
Samba originated in 19th Century Brazil and its rhythms and movement were heavily influenced by African dances. The early samba dances were performed with one person in a circle and consisted of shifts, rapid steps, sides and a still upper body with leg and arm movements.
The dance moved from the sugarcane plantations to the favelas and then to the streets and carnivals. This was very much a dance of the poor and was frowned upon by the rich.
Samba ballroom is a Latin dance and has moved somewhat away from the original Samba dance and has more in common with the music of the same name. It was transformed in France in the 1910s and was popularised by Carmen Miranda in That Night in Rio. It consists of a rhythmic bouncing action with bending the knees and exuberant hip action.
Performed on the Night by Áine and Peter to “The Shape of you” by Ed Sheerin (DJ Ice Version)