From The Big Apple to the Carolina Shag and the Charleston, South Carolina has been influential in lots of dance styles.
You can meet dancers, watch a movie about dance, learn about floor paths, and be a dance critic!
The Charleston was a popular dance craze in the 1920s. It got its name from a song of the same name in a Broadway show called Runnin' Wild. The composer said he was inspired by the music of the dockworkers in Charleston.
Big Apple Dance
The Big Apple dance is a circle dance that was created at the Big Apple Night Club in Columbia, SC in the 1930s. It then became a dance sensation in New York and nationally.
Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (1907-1998)
Peg Leg Bates was a tap dancer from Fountain Inn, SC who lost his left leg in an accident at age twelve. He taught himself how to dance with a wooden leg and became a world-famous dancer and celebrity.