Contestants of a dance marathon at the Merry Garden Ballroom, Belmont and Sheffield, enter their 1300th hour, 1931, Chicago.
That’s 54 days dancing, folks…
The winners of the contest won $2000 cash after dancing 5152 hours and 48 minutes (214 days).
Thanks to the DePaul Art Museum for this link to the winners:
The Chicago Hotshots, featuring Kid and Skeets Brown, Bronzeville vaudeville troup, 1927, Chicago.
Dancers at the Edgewater Beach Hotel try a new invention : headphones. Revelers could don the gear so as to not disturb hotel guests in the wee hours of the morning, 1922, Chicago.
Chicago (Backstage at the Ballet), 1962, Chicago. Lee Balterman
Dance lessons at the Aragon, 1944, Chicago.
Dance Party, 1960, Chicago. Lee Balterman
The legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse (left), was born and raised in Chicago.
Pictured here with his first dance partner, Charles Grass, in 1946, Fosse graduated from Amundsen High School in 1945.
Backstage at the ballet, 1962, Chicago. Lee Balterman
Mulqueen’s Kiddie-A-Go-Go, a pint-sized American Banstand-esque dance party which aired on WCIU from 1963-1970, featuring the adult host, Pandora.
Check out a couple of trippy video clips here: http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/151-mulqueens-kiddie-a-go-go-1966
Kid Dynamite, Maxwell Street, 1988, Chicago. Marc PoKempner
Prom at the Playboy Towers disco (the Knickerbocker Hotel), 163 E Walton, 1979, Chicago. Rene Burri
The Chicago film noir, cult classic, Party Girl, 1958.
Inside Le Bison, a private discotheque built inside a townhouse, 1966, Chicago.
The light installation was innovative and the first of it’s kind, as it was programmed to pulse to the music.
The incomparable Katherine Dunham, 1940, Chicago.
Read more about this Chicagoan, dance pioneer and Civil Rights champion:
Rozita Royce, cabaret/burlesque dancer who used doves in her act, 1933, Chicago.
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