Posted: 12/09/2017 at 09:37
Obelixx, Peggy Spencers Formation Dancers who danced on the early TV shows were indeed spectacular though it was said she drilled them like a Sergeant Major, their dress was immaculate too.
My Mother and Father were prize winning dancers in the old fashioned before the war which is what I saw and did as a young sprog, Mother could do a wicked Black Bottom that used to curl me up laughing. In those days we would do a quickstep or foxtrot in-between and I loved that so went to the best Dancing School in Town Cockran's to learn, Ruby and Flory would teach me the Latin although much to my embarrassment Dave would show me some steps then we would dance, your can get used to everything in the end. He was a Modern champion and Ruby Latin.
From the time I started dancing there was always a shortage of men who could dance so those who could never sat down and many of the women danced together, we thought nothing of it, if men wanted to dance now I would consider it their own business.
Dance Halls then were always packed out in our small Town we had three large halls with live bands and in the village a Co-op Hall with live band which is where I started. At sixteen the Streatham Locarno looked huge until I went to the Hammersmith Palais, that was spectacular and though the two largest halls in Blackpool were great nothing beat the Hammersmith.
Wonderful days Obelixx with so many memories, the dancing changed until most of the large halls closed but there was an underground movement in working mens clubs Sergeants Mess and Works do's it never really died, real dancing I mean and we danced until Joan became too ill and loved every moment of it.