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Dance ‘Til You Drop: New Vintage Photos of Grueling Dance Marathons Are Sad, Funny, and Everything In Between

Could you dance for 1,437 hours straight? This couple did—and they weren’t the only ones! Starting in 1923 and lasting throughout the Great Depression, dance marathons were a major form of popular entertainment in America, with couples dancing weeks and … Continue reading

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“How Long Will They Last?” Endurance Dance Contests: Jazz-Age Reality TV

~*~ 572 hours and thirty-one minutes: almost twenty-four whole days. That’s how long “Chicago’s first all-Negro endurance dance contest” lasted.1 Starting July 1st, 1928 at the 8th Regiment Armory in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and ending on July 25th at the Savoy … Continue reading

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