Jitterbug/swing/jive 1944 movie clip

This is a really fun and funny film to watch!

It shows moves from other dances that made their way into jitterbug and ultimately into our jive.
Together with the article “From Ragtime to Swing” and Josephine Bradley’s introduction of the jitterbug/jive in England ( see under video clips) you get a well rounded picture of where our ballroom jive has its origins.

Thank you to Rainer Thress who pointed this clip out to me

Brigitt Mayer-Karakis is the author of the award winning book "Ballroom Icons", and chief archivist for the WDC Dance History project.
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  1. For those who really love and interested in Dancing, it is always good to see how the dancers danced in those days (1940 – 1950). I think they are more natural, danced more freely. We can learn a lot from them. Back to the Root

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