Saturday, July 05, 2014

Why do the French have to preserve American dance culture like the Boogie-woogie?

France - Festival-BoogieWoogie Laroquebrou

As you can see, for the 16th year Laroquebrou in South Central France is sponsoring a festival in honor of the boogie-woogie dance craze still sweeping through Europe.

Boogie-woogie is a form of swing dance and a form of blues piano playing.  The term is common in Europe and the dance grew out of the American Lindy Hop, Swing and Rock n Roll dances of the late 1940's and 1950's.

Here is a Swedish couple performing at the French Festival a dance that looks like it came right out of New Orleans.  Double click for full screen enjoyment.

Some believe the European interest and Boogie-woogie craze resulted from all the American GIs in Europe in World War II who loved to dance. 

Sometimes you just gotta dance!


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