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Sunday, 7 September 2014


Although theatrical dancing was occasionally imported from Europe to entertain the citizens of the colonies, no native-born dancer of note emerged until the late 18th century. The best known of these early American artists was John Durang, who made his debut in Philadelphia in 1785 and went on to found America's first dynasty of dancers.

Vernon (1887-1918) and Irene Castle (1893-1969) were a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century. They were famous for developing and promoting dancing in the period of the First World War.

The Castles' greatest success was on Broadway, in Irving Berlin's debut musical Watch Your Step (1914). In this extravaganza, the couple refined and popularized the Foxtrot, which vaudeville comedian Harry Fox invented.

The Castles helped remove the stigma of vulgarity from close dancing. The Castles’ performances, often set to ragtime and jazz rhythms, also popularized African-American music among well-heeled whites.

The Bluebell Girls are a troupe of high-kicking girls in the Folies-Bergère tradition, established in the 1930s by an Anglo-Irish dancer, Margaret Kelly, who was herself known as Miss Bluebell (apparently from the color of her eyes). They began at the Folies-Bergère and still perform mainly in Paris, though many of the girls are British.

British dancer Benedict Devlin holds the record for the most heel clicks in 30 seconds in the traditional Irish dance style. He performed 191 on the set of Guinness World Records, in London, UK, on April 23, 2009. He was able to perform up to four clicks with his heels while both feet were midair.

Indian classical dance artiste, Soni Chaurasia, set a world record by dancing continuously for 124 hours (more than five days). She started her effort on April 4, 2016  at 6pm under the guidance of her teacher Rajesh Dogra and reached the milestone late in the evening on April 9.

Nevada state in the USA has the most out of work dancers.

Sources Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc, Wikipedia

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