One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The state capital of West Virginia; population 50,302 (est. 2008).
2A city and port in South Carolina; population 111,978 (est. 2008). The bombardment in 1861 of Fort Sumter, in the harbour, by Confederate troops marked the beginning of the American Civil War.
A lively dance of the 1920s which involved turning the knees inwards and kicking out the ankles.
- ‘The forerunners of all the swing dances, namely the charleston and particularly the lesser known collegiate, are responsible for the existence of the shag.’
- ‘From tap to tango, Cuban salsa to the charleston, lambada to lindy hop, the most dazzling duos will be setting the dance floor and the nation's hearts alight in the hope of winning viewers' votes.’
- ‘I took up ballroom dance first because it seemed like an interesting thing to learn, but I was particularly attracted to swing as I loved the music - everything from charleston, 1930s big band, right up to modern-day swing bands.’
- ‘Sadie and Joseph performed a freestyle dance, the lindyhop and charleston in Saturday's final, which was contested by three couples.’
- ‘Over time, a faster version was born, absorbing extra elements of ragtime such as the charleston.’
Dance the Charleston.
- ‘She made them sing it twice as she danced, clapped, frugged and charlestoned through the renditions.’
- ‘But it wasn't until Choco Chanel charlestoned back from the Mediterranean with a deep golden tan, that bronzed skin became a truly desirable item.’
- ‘The Big Band supplied the hip tunes and while some cut a rug, others were happy to watch the professional dance troupe lindy-hop, charleston and spin their way to rapturous applause.’
- ‘Make like '20s screen sirens Louise Brooks, Tallulah Bankhead and designer Coco Chanel and charleston the night away.’
- ‘She called on Tuesday and begged me to go teach her class to charleston.’
1920s: named after Charleston in South Carolina, US.
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