The JITTERBUG A young, white middle-class man from suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
learned to dance jitterbug in 1939 by going to the "Hill City" section of that city
to watch black dancers. They danced smoothly, without hopping and bouncing around
the dance floor.
The hardest thing to learn is the pelvic motion. I suppose I always felt these motions
are somehow obscene. You have to sway, forwards and backwards, with a controlled
hip movement, while your shoulders stay level and your feet glide along the floor.
Your right hand is held low on the girl's back, and your left hand down at your side.
enclosing her hand.