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Tango Teas and Tangocitis

London society of 1913-1914 was tango mad. The dance made its way across the Channel from Paris, where it had become a vogue after its introduction by Argentinian dancers in 1910, and was adopted with even more alacrity than the cake-walk or the animal dances. As expected, the even greater physical contact of bodies and …

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Footage of Vernon and Irene Castle

The Castles filmed the first dance instruction video, “Social and Theatrical Dancing,”  in 1914, and as I browsed YouTube for clips of their creative partner and bandleader, James Reese Europe, I stumbled across clips of them dancing (with the added bonus of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle …

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Ragtime Dancing by Carol Teten

Welcome to the most influential dances of the early 20th century. These dances have shaped our social dance trends for almost 100 years. Below is an excerpt from Dances Through Time V2, which explains each dance, but you can also watch the dances individually in each section ANIMAL DANCES At the beginning of the 20th …

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