How to Do the Charleston Bees Knees

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When you're performing, there is generally one element or another that is a showstopper and guaranteed to make the audience applaud. When you're doing the Charleston, which is a dance that swept the United States in the 1920s, having originated in Charleston, South Carolina, an assured crowd pleaser is the Bees Knees step.
The Charleston accurately represents the 1920s when Prohibition was in effect and, for the first time, women were bobbing their hair and wearing short skirts and accompanying their boyfriends and husbands to speakeasies, where liquor was illegally served. It was a wild and rather reckless time and the Charleston displays that attitude.

  • Bend forward slightly, widen your legs and bend your knees.

  • Put your right hand on your right knee and your left left hand on your left knee.

  • Pull your knees together and quickly switch your hands. Put the right hand on the left knee and vice versa, crossing your hands. As your legs widen, note that your hands will be crossed.

  • Bring your knees back in together and switch your hands back to the original position and open your knees.

  • The faster you can do this move, the better it looks.

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