Skip to Content
HomeAbout this siteHelpSearch this site The Library of Congress
America's Story from America's LibraryMeet Amazing AmericansJump Back in TimeExplore the StatesJoin America at PlaySee, Hear and Sing
Join America at Play Swing Your Partner
 

Screen shot from 'Hadj Cheriff,' 1894.

A scene of Hadji Cheriff's gymnastic routine, 1894

MPEG Format (3.1 MB)
Help With Video
Credits
Early Break Dancing
These days the dancing we see on MTV is usually hip-hop, soul, and funk. You may think that those oh-so-cool hip-hop moves are brand new, but can you believe that some of them have been around since the late 1800s? A lot of dancing borrows many moves from gymnastics. In this film, a performer called Hadji Cheriff, of the Cheriff troupe of Arabs, performs a gymnastic routine with a series of one-armed cartwheels. Can you imagine what kind of music he used for this routine?
page 1 of 3 Next



Library Of Congress | Legal Notices | Privacy | Site Map | Contact Us




VIDEO CREDIT: Dickson, W.K.L., producer, and Cheriff, Hadji L., performer. "Hadj Cheriff." Thomas A. Edison, Inc.1894. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.