Monday, January 23, 2006

A Jitterbuging Skeleton

Birmingham Brown makes mention of a "Jitterbuging" skeleton in The Chinese Cat, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and we start tapes/DVDs at 8:30.
Well, to quote Rush Glick (our Chat Room Host!), it's:
1) A strenuous dance performed to quick-tempo swing or jazz muxid and consisting of various two-step patterns embellished with twirls and sometimes acrobatic maneuvers.
2) One who performs this dance.
When the kids on American Bandstand were not Strolling, or Twisting, or Chalypsoing, they were usually Jitterbugging. The Jitterbug was a Philadelphia stapel, and there were many variations as there were Philadelphia neighborhoods. The cance began in the 1920s in the bars of Harlem and took the steps from the Shag and the Charleston. Although dancers did wild improvisational solos as part of the jitterbug, it was essentially a partner dance. In 1927, the solos gave rise to a new variation, the Lindy Hop, named after Charles Lindbergh, who had just made his historic solo flight across the Atlantic. The Jitterbug gained wide popularity in the thirties when Swing [music] was at its peak. During WW II, U.S. soldiers took the dance around the world and it was recognized as quintessentially American.
Even The Wizard of Oz got in the act with a Jitterbug scene that was deleted.
Makes you wonder if the Wicked Witch of the West really wanted to get her hot little fists on the Ruby Slippers to improve her Jitterbug!

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