|Music:||Swing , blues|
|Time signature :||4/4 time|
|List of dances|
The Black Bottom was danced to jazz music in syncopated four-four time . Characteristic are stomping steps, strong forward and backward movements of the pelvis and, above all, the stretching out and bumping into each other ( bump ) of the buttocks - which gave the dance its name. A well-known interpreter of Black Bottom numbers is Ma Rainey , to whom the playwright August Wilson dedicated the play "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in 1984.
With its overt sexual symbolism, the black bottom was considered provocative and offensive. It only survived as a fashion dance for a short time.