Venice Beach Swing Dancers ("LA Swing" / Bal-Swing / Shag) (September, 1938)




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Published on Mar 3, 2011

---A Swungover (tm) collection of different snippets of "the Venice Beach clip," (some of which are repeats). Film shows a group of LA Swing dancers probably promoting a local California swing dance contest in September, 1938.

The dancers doing LA Swing (early form of Bal-Swing) are Hal and Betty Takier (man in white top, black pants, does the move that takes them to the ground); Jack Helwig and Genevieve Grazis (couple in all white); Richard "Dick" Landry in the striped top, dancing with the shorter unknown woman; Collegiate Shag couple is Connie Wydell and possibly Barbara Plum.

This style of dancing is today placed under the blanket term Balboa, though these original dancers thought of Balboa as a separate kind of dance (what we now refer to as Pure Balboa.)

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