The Charleston

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;


and Helena and Michael to “Rock it For Me” by Caravan Palace;