Mess Around


In some Blues dancing performed by Al Mins, Leon James, and a blues ensemble.
In a Blues Demonstration from the Spirit Moves Documentary.

Historic References

A African-American Vernacular Dance. The first written mention of ‘the Mess Around’ in song came from Perry Bradford in 1912, however Bradford is quoted as saying that it was around for a few years before he wrote the song. The song became a small hit when Ethel Waters sang it on the T.O.B.A. Circuit. The song suggest the dance came from a gal named the Mojo Queen, the shimmyist Gal ever seen… Went down to the Virgin Islands and learned the native style. Learn more on the Street Swing Page.

Didactic Videos

Learn it with Rachel Cassandra

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