Charleston Timing

I noticed that musically the Charleston consists of two dotted quarter notes followed by a quarter note.


Do you find this impacts how you dance the Charleston?
Ex. Rock, Step, Kick, Step, Kick, Bend, Kick, Step
Do you give each movement a whole beat of music?

Steve Pastor

Staff member
Well, it is in the wikipedia article. I question how accurate that is.
See the The original Charleston sheet music here...

This one is explicitly in 4/4. It looks the same.

You can see the quarter note followed by a quarter rest in the bass line.
THAT sounds like the dance I've done.
The wikipedia notation leaves you with an "extra" quarter note in each bar.

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