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story by Vladimir Shifrin for DanceUs.org

In 4 years, it will be the 20s again! Let’s bring back jazz music, swing and decadence.

Who is down with this? Turn the time back to 1920s - the jazz age& the swing fever... live like it is the 20s again...

In 4 years, it will be the 20s again! Lets bring back jazz music, swing and decadence.

 

What is the 1920s without the prohibition, the gangsters, Radio, Charlie Chaplin, "flappers" and Jazz? The first musical gift of America to the world, Jazz defines the 1920s.

 

Christened "swing" by Duke Ellington with "It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing" in 1932, swing music began in music clubs around America  New Orleans, New York, Kansas City in late 1920s  and quickly gained popularity. Bridging racial divide, as black and white swing musicians played together... and opening the door for many female vocalists, swing had impacted society nearly as much as it impacted music.

 

Following the first World War, the Roaring 1920s mark the era of optimism, frivolity and decadence. Rapid economic prosperity lead to a fast growing bourgeois and the birth of a cocktail party. The most famous depiction of one belongs to Fitzgerald's and The Great Gatsby. "Jazz Age" ended as abruptly as it began with the crash of the stock market in 1929.

 

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