While Americans were disheartened by the Great Depression, they seemed to find the perfect outlet in dance.
Some of the most outrageous styles of dance during this time were known as "swing." Although the upbeat jazz music of the time lended itself to swing dancing, other types of dances began to emerge.
This dance, famous for its smooth tight footwork and "chest-to-chest" close dancing, originated in a large ballroom in Balboa Island, California. It was created do to the crowded ballrooms, and limited room for couples to dance and swing their partners. The Balboa has also earned its fame as the dance performed by the cartoon character Popeye.
The Carolina Shag
This dance is known as the official dance of the Carolinas, originating in North Myrtle Beach. It was commonly labeled the "man's dance" because the man typically did all the turns and fancy footwork. The shag was danced to beach music. Due to the popularity that this dance still has today, this is the oldest video that was available, but the idea is still given.
This dance originated in Columbia, South Carolina among the black community. It eventually was picked up among the whites. The Big Apple consists of individual jazz steps, which are called out by a leader among a group of dancers.