Granville dancing the first airborne Charleston, London-Paris, 1926-1928.
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Mr Granville, inventor of this version of the Charleston dance routine, "takes a pupil through her paces on board an Imperial Airways London-Paris flight at 2000 feet, on board an Armstrong Whitworth Argosy." The 1920s partner dance originated from Charleston, South Carolina in the United States. It gained worldwide popularity after the great Harlem stride pianist, James P Johnson, composed a song called 'The Charleston' for the Broadway show Runnin' Wild in 1923. The resulting dance craze swept through America and Europe with the 'the impact of a firestorm' . Granville's airborne version of the dance was performed on the luxury 'Silver Wing' service introduced on the Argosy in 1926. The biplane carried seven pasengers in comfort.