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Flapper girl

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1922 magazine cover with "flapper girl"


The term "flapper" refers to a young woman from the 1920s who would dress unconventionally and flaunt her disdain for "decent" behavior. The flapper represented a new breed of woman, unafraid to wear cosmetics and provocative clothing or to be seen smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages in public. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper [Sept 2004]

End of the flapper era

Despite its popularity, the flapper lifestyle and look could not survive the Great Depression. The high-spirited attitude of non-restraint simply could not find a place amid the economic hardships of the 1930s. In many ways, however, the self-reliant flapper had allowed the modern woman to make herself an integral and lasting part of the Western World.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper [Sept 2004]


The Charleston is a dance, named for the city of Charleston, South Carolina. It was popular in the 1920s, and spawned Lindy Hop in the 1930s. Charleston is danced in 8-count: solo, with a partner, or in groups (usually facing lines).

The rhythm is a traditional one from West Africa; it was popularized in mainstream dance music in the United States of America by a 1923 tune called The Charleston by composer/pianist James P. Johnson which originated in the Broadway show Runnin' Wild and became one of the most popular hits of the decade. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston_dance) [Jul 2004]

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