[Local Buzz] Learn The Big Apple Dance At Roanoke Island Festival Park

Posted By on August 7, 2013

Celebrating Second Saturday, Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo wants to transport you back in time to “Old Nags Head’ with a special family event happening this weekend.

The Big Apple Dance, circa 1937.

The Big Apple Dance, circa 1937.

Come experience Nags Head’s nightlife of the 1930s and learn to do the Big Apple , a dance craze that swept the nation in 1937.

Sarah Downing of the Outer Banks History Center will be the dance instructor.

From Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom to Hollywood to the dance clubs of the Dare Beaches, revelers were dancing the Big Apple. T

his circle dance is thought to have originated from the African-American ring shout, and was “discovered” at the Big Apple Club, a black juke joint in Columbia, South Carolina.

Join the Outer Banks History Center staff as they shake, show off, and share some steps from the Big Apple.

The Big Apple dance event is set for this Saturday, August 10, from 10 to 11am inside the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

Admission is free and all ages are welcome.


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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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