The Charleston

Tip of the Fortnight: Make the Charleston Part of Your Next All Nighter

Allow me to set a familiar scene: Its 2:38 in the morning and for some reason, you’re awake. Why? A looming due date. Competitive knitting. Too much Coffee-Ramen. It doesn’t matter. You’re just bored with your current activity and know that sleep won’t be what’s next.

You could scroll through the MySpace account you haven’t opened in ten years. Or rearrange your sock drawer. Or google “thongs to do when bored” and clear your search history when you realize you’ve made a typo. Heck, you could even start plotting the perfect prank for next April Fool’s (*evil laughter*).

Or you could learn the Charleston.

The Charleston is an upbeat and entertaining dance that was hugely popular in the 1920’s. It was generally danced to fast paced jazz and it reached its peak around 1926. It normally required a partner, but a broom or “borrowed” scarecrow works just as well.

Coming from personal experience, the best place to dance the Charleston at 2:38 in the morning is on the table of the study room in the 5th floor of CVO. Other recommendations include outside the parking police office, the greenway, or the loading area of MSB, weather permitting.

Learning the Charleston at 2:38 in the morning is a genius idea for a number of reasons. Its quick tempo is certain to wake you up even more, and guarantee you a healthy dose of cardio, first from the dancing, and then from the running away from irritated people you woke up with your snazzy ragtime music.

Additionally, the unnatural hour probably protects dancers from ending up on social media or becoming memes, valid fears for first time dancers.

So make the Charleston part of your next all nighter… it could be fun.

Regan Gates
Regan Gates

Regan Gates is a Senior Systems Engineering major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has written for Charger Times since Spring semester 2019 and is now serving as Treasurer. Her favorite food is coffee-ramen with egg, mostly due to the scandalized look on her sister’s face when she makes it.

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