Swing-Film

Swing Dance and Foxtrot at the 1939 World's Fair

Kids, black and white but nearly all female, swing dancing and foxtrotting at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Silent home movie footage found in the Prellinger collection on the Internet Archive. I added music from Glen Gray and the Casa Loma orchestra (the band on the stage) that seemed like more or less the right tempo. I put this together in aid of my page on the stye of Foxtrot you see in this film. The page is located at http://www.walternelson.com/dr/foxtrot

Balboa, Shag & Foxtrot in Los Angeles in 1936

From the film "Marihuana", which used an anti-drug message as a cover for some pretty racy stuff. The dance scenes clipped together here show bits of Balboa, Shag and even a bit of Fox Trot right at the end.

Collegiate and Jazz Foxtrot in 1929

Scenes from the 1929 movie "Dance Hall", showing kids dancing the "Collegiate" style while the rest of the room is doing Foxtrot. As a very early talkie, the sound track is terrible, so I substituted "Sweet and Hot" by the Ben Pollack Orchestra. While most of the moves are pretty familiar to the Shag crowd, it is a nice review of the state of play at the end of the Roaring '20s.

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