The Palace of Nostalgia
‘The world a dance party’ in the Palace of Nostalgia, Saturday 8 pm.
In the 20th century, dance crazes took the world by storm, boosted by hot and rushing or slow and sensual music. Charleston, jitterbug, racoon, heebie-jeebies, piccolino, twist, creep, bossa nova, flat foot floozie – you couldn’t even master a dance before another came about.
This episode is dedicated to these crazes and what these dances can cause. From explosive dances from the ‘Roaring Twenties’ to Francisco Lomuto with a tango dripping with melancholy.
We’ll also listen to the athletic Nicholas Brothers, elegant music from Fred Astaire’s dance movies, and Ginger Rodgers with the tragic story behind the ‘Tennessee Waltz’.
Furthermore, we’ll listen to the comedic duo Slim & Slam, comedian Tom Lehrer with ‘The Masochism Tango’, June Christy about her dancing upstairs neighbour, Vic Damone, Doris Day, a swinging Artie Shaw, Blossom Dearie who doesn’t want to dance, and the legendary Mr Bojangles.
In short: joys and sorrows on the dancefloor