Vintage Swing Dance

Great Swing Dance 1944 (Better Picture Quality)

From the short: GROOIE MOVIE 1944 This is probably the best picture quality we’ll ever get for this classic swing dance short. This is from a studio released DVD collection […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1962

From a British Pathe Newsreel 1962 Three dances popular in early 1960’s. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Ragtime Dance 1913 (The Grizzly Bear)

This is one of those informal “amimal” ragtime dances that preceded swing dance and to at least some extent set the stage for what was to come later. The video […]

The Big Apple 1938

From a 1930’s newsreel 1938 This clip has the best picture quality I’ve ever seen for this newsreel. It may also be the most complete. I’m not sure of the […]

1940’s Jive 1941

From the movie: ALL AMERICAN CO-ED 1941 A typical jive number from the 1940’s featuring Marjorie Woodworth, The Tanner Sisters and Johnny Downs in drag. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits […]

Swing Dance 1940’s

From a Cinesound newsreel: 1945? Some great dancing here with way too much talk. I’m not sure of the year but my guess would be mid 1940’s. I think at […]

A Charleston Contest 1951

From the movie: ON THE LOOSE 1951 A little Charleston mostly featuring actors Melvyn Douglas and Joan Evans. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Song & Swing Dance 1938

From the movie: SWING YOUR LADY 1938 This is mostly a song and dance number featuring Penny Singleton and Sammy White, but there is at least a reference to swing […]

World War II Ends 75 Years Today

The most horrific war in human history officially ended 75 years ago today. I can still remember as a 6 year old 1st grader walking to school past houses with […]

German Rock & Roll Dance 1959

From a British Pathe Newsreel 1959 Some very energetic dancing in 1950’s Munich. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

1920’s Dance 1929

From a Fox Movietone out take 1929 Another 1920’s dance that I’ve never heard of before called “The Cakestone”. I’ve included two versions the second beginning at about the 1:20 […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1989

From the movie: SHAG 1989 These dancers are identified as Bill McGee and Cortney Stevens. A bit theatrical but well done. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Jazz & Swing Dance 1943

From the soundie: RUG CUTTERS HOLIDAY 1943 It would have been nice if there had been more swing dance and less acrobatics here. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1961

From a British Pathe Newsreel 1961 Some energetic British dancers do a kind of combination of rock & roll and swing dance with Jazz background music. (Visited 1 times, 1 […]

1940’s Jive 1941 (Dean Collins & Jewel McGowan)

From the movie: IN THE NAVY 1941 This mostly a typical jive vocal by the Andrews Sisters but there’s also some swing dance starting at about the 2:30 mark with […]

Swing Dance 1945

From the movie: SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD 1945 I’m told the dancers are Stanley Catron and Kaye Popp. The band is Sammy Kaye’s. The girl at table is young […]

1920’s Dance 1953

From the Colgate Comedy Hour 5/3/53 The main dancer here is Broadway Actress Mary McCarthy. It’s very theatrical but a lot of fun. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 1938

From a newsreel: 1938 The narrator says this swing festival took place in Chicago in 1938 with 200,000 in attendance. I lived most of my life in the Chicago area […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1959

From the movie: SERIOUS CHARGE 1959 I have no idea who the dancers are but the singer is Cliff Richard. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

The Hot Fox Trot 1936

From the short: CAN YOU HOT FOX 1936 Another version of the fast Fox Trot by two unidentified dancers. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 1953

From : THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR !0/04/53 This clip shows that among other things Jerry Lewis was a very good dancer. I’m not sure who his partner is but she’s […]

Swing Dance 1944

From the movie: YOUTH RUNS WILD 1944 There might be a little Balboa going on in the background. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1962

From: THE DAVE SENNETT DANCE PARTY 1962 Another clip of teens dancing to this Ricky Nelson record on this WPRO-TV teen dance show from Providence, Rhode Island. (Visited 1 times, […]

Swing Dance 1944

From a British Pathe Newsreel 1944 A little swing dance from down under. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 1943 ( Genevieve Grazis)

From the movie: TEEN AGE 1943 One of the best swing dancers ever, Genevieve Grazis, dances with her usual partner on film Johnny Duncan. Great stuff. (Visited 1 times, 1 […]

Swing Dance 1956

From the movie: TEENAGE REBEL 1956 Among the dancers are Ginger Rogers, Betty Lou Keim and Michael Rennie. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

1920’s Dance 1929

From the short: OKLAHOMA BOB ALBRIGHT AND HIS RODEO DO FLAPPERS 1929 Another assortment of 1920’s dance steps this time by dancer Bertha Muller with Oklahoma Bob Albright on the […]

Mexican Swing Dance 1950

From the movie: BAILE MI REY RESORTES 1950 I have no idea who any of the dancers are. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

The Jitterbug 1943

From a Pathe newsreel 1943 Dancers Tony Jackson and Mavis Sutton demonstrate a British version of the Jitterbug. This clip references the fact that some in the British dance community […]

Swing Dance At the Hollywood Canteen 1942

From Fox Movietone newsreel out takes 1943 There’s some pretty good dancing here especially beginning at about the 1:20 mark. I like the brunet with the ribbon in her hair […]

1920’s Dance 1927

From the short: DREAM CAFE 1927 A whole series of typical 1920’s dance moves by dancer Eileen Marcy. The guy is Jimmy Clemens. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1961

From: THE JACK SPECTOR SHOW 1961 Another clip from “The Jack Spector Show” on WPRO-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. There’s some pretty good footwork in spots. (Visited 1 times, 1 […]

Swing & Swing Dance 1939

From the movie: DANCING CO-ED 1939 A very brief clip of swing dancing to the music of Artie Shaw and his band. Among the dancers are Ray Hirsch and Patti […]

Jazz & Swing Dance 1941

From the soundie: THE JOINT IS JUMPIN’ 1941 The inimitable Fats Waller sings, plays and mugs with a little swing dance thrown in. The singer is Myra Johnson. (Visited 1 […]

The Peabody Fox Trot 1932

From the movie: TAXI 1932 This is a version of the Fox Trot that you don’t see that often. It’s sometimes called the Peabody One Step, the Peabody Fox Trot […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1960

From the movie: JAZZ BOAT 1960 Some rock & roll era dance with jazz background music from Ted Heath’s band. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Jazz & Jazz Dance 1946

From the soundie: COUNT ME OUT 1946 The band features Henry “Red” Allen on trumpet, J. C. Higginbotham on trombone and Don Stovall on alto sax. The dancers are Johni […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1958

From the movie: ANDY HARDY COMES HOME 1958 Some pretty good 1950’s style dancing. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Aussies & Yanks Swing Dance 1943

From a British Pathe short 1943 American service men swing dance with a group of Australian girls at an American Red Cross dance somewhere in Australia during WWII. (Visited 1 […]

Swing Dance 1942

From the movie: MISS ANNIE ROONEY 1942 The dancers are actors Shirley Temple and Dickie Moore. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

!920’s Dance 1928

From a Fox Movietone Newsreel 1928 A group of ladies at something called “The Debutant’s Ball” at the St. Regis hotel in NYC give us some 1920’s style dance backed […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1959

From the movie: SERIOUS CHARGE 1959 Rock & Roll era dance with more of a jazz background. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1961

From: THE JACK SPECTOR SHOW 1961 Another clip from the Jack Spector TV show from WPRO-TV in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

British Jazz and Dance 1956

From the movie: MAMA DON’T ALLOW 1956 A group of British dancers dance to the music of The Chris Barber Jazz Band. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing & Swing Dance 1939

From the movie: DANCING CO-ED 1939 This is mostly a big band swing number by one of the best bands of the era, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, with a […]

Great Swing Dance 1945 (Better Picture Quality)

From the movie: TWICE BLESSED 1945 One of the classic swing dance scenes in a Hollywood movie. The dancers include Lenny & Kay Smith, Wally & “Mousie” Albright, Hal Takier […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1962

From: THE DAVE SENNETT DANCE PARTY 1962 Typical period Rock & Roll music and dance from “The Dave Sennett Dance Party” TV show from station WPRO-TV Providence. Rhode Island. Unfortunately […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1959

From the movie: SPEED CRAZY 1959 Some almost genteel 1950’s dance. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Mexican Swing Dance 1951

From the movie: BAILE MI REY 1951 I don’t know who any of the dancers are but some of them are pretty good. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Song and Dance 1959

From the TV show: PARTY TIME 1959 The picture and sound quality are pretty bad but it’s kind of interesting to see him without his wife Tina during this period. […]

Song & Jazz Dance 1946

From the soundie: TAKE THE “A” TRAIN 1946 Mostly a vocal featuring The Delta Rhythm with a little sort of jazz dance thrown in. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

The Madison 1960

From: THE BUDDY DEAN SHOW 1960 An example of “The Madison” dance from the Buddy Dean TV show out on Baltimore probably in 1960. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 2009

From the movie: LOVE N’ DANCING 2009 Some great lindy hop featuring at least three of the best swing dancers of more resent years, Ben Morris, Carla Heiney and Sarah […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1958

From the movie: LIFE BEGINS AT 17 1958 Another short example of late 1950’s dance without Rock & Roll. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Jazz & Jazz Dance 1941 (Fats Waller)

From the soundie: HONEYSUCKLE ROSE 1941 This is mostly a vocal and instrumental featuring the inimitable jazz great Fats Waller with a little jazz dance thrown in. (Visited 1 times, […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1955 (Bill Haley)

From: The Texaco Star Theater TV Show 1955 The dancing is very theatrical, the orchestra sometimes drowns out Bill Haley and the picture quality is poor, but this does have […]

Swing Dance 1940 (Ray Hirsch & Patti Lacey)

From the movie: MAD YOUTH 1940 Ray Hirsch and Patti Lacey dance to some Latin background music. Also dancing are Betty Atkinson and a young Tommy Wonder. (Visited 1 times, […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1962

From the TV show: THE DAVE SENNETT DANCE PARTY 1962 From WPRO-TV Channel 12 Providence, Rhode Island.in 1962. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Pool Party Fox Trot 1929

From a Fox Movietone outtake 1929 Not really swing dance but kind of interesting just the same. The waterlogged band is Jackie Taylor and the Cocoanut Grove Ambassadors. (Visited 1 […]

Jazz & Rock & Roll Dance 1960

From the movie: THE JAZZ BOAT 1960 The British were very good at combining Rock & Roll era dance with Jazz in the 1950’s & 60’s. Here’s an example featuring […]

Swing Dance 1940’s (Better Picture Quality)

From a Fox Movietone Newsreel 1940’s I’ve posted this Harvest Moon Ball clip before but this version has better picture quality. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

The Jitterbug 1964

From: THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW 1964 This is sort of an updated version of the jitterbug number that was cut from the movie “The Wizard of Oz” that also featured […]

Rock & Roll Era Dance 1957

From the movie: THE CARELESS YEARS 1957 The music is more Latin than Rock & Roll but the dancing is pretty much typical of the time. (Visited 1 times, 1 […]

Swing Dance 1942 (Dean Collins & Jewel McGowan)

From the movie: RIDE ‘EM COWBOY 1942 Some great swing dance with Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan beginning at about the 2:00 mark. Also featured are the great Ella Fitzgerald […]

World War One Ends – 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago today at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month “The Great War” or as we call it today World War One ended. […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1960

From the movie: HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR 1960 I have no idea who any of these dancers are. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 1959

From the movie: SPEED CRAZY 1959 Once again I believe I see Lennie Smith among the dancers. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1959

From the movie: SERIOUS CHARGE 1959 The best part of this starts at about the 2:10 mark. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

The Earhart Hop 1932

Outtakes from a Fox Movietone newsreel 1932 Lucille Stoddard and her partner demonstrate a dance called “The Earhart Hop” which is obviously named for famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. This may […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1961

From: THE JACK SPECTOR SHOW 1961 Another TV teenage dance show. This show aired on WPRO-TV in Providence Rhode Island. The record is closer to Jazz than Rock & Roll, […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1956

From the movie: TEENAGE REBEL 1956 I’m afraid I don’t recognize any of these dancers. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Swing Dance 1942

From the movie: MISS ANNIE ROONEY 1942 Peggy Ryan and Roland Dupree play this mostly for laughs as Shirley Temple and Dickie Moore look on, but there is some interesting […]

Swing Dance 1957

From the movie: FOUR BOYS AND A GUN 1957 It’s too bad the camera didn’t concentrate more on the dancers but that’s the way it often goes in these movies. […]

Song & Swing Dance 1938

From the movie: SALLY, IRENE AND MARY 1938 The best part of this is the kind of cute swing dance sequence starting at about the 4:00 mark. Before that there […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1962 (Bill Haley)

From the movie: JOVENES Y REBELDES 1962 Bill Haley goes south of the border and performs one of his classics for a group of Mexican dancers. (Visited 1 times, 1 […]

!940’s Jive 1946

From the soundie: ZIG ME DADDY WITH A GENTLE ZAG 1941 Not exactly the best example of swing dance you’ll ever see but a fun number none the less. The […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1957

From the movie: NO TIME TO BE YOUNG 1957 Some good R&R dancing from the 1950’s and again i think I briefly see Lennie Smith. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1959

From the movie: SPEED CRAZY 1959 The female dancer is identified only as “Lucita” and the first guy she dances with might be Lennie Smith but I’m not at all […]

Ballet in Jive 1944 (Joan McCracken)

From the movie: HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN 1944 The best part of this is the Lindy Hop chorus routine beginning at about the 2:55 mark. Joan McCracken was a very charming and […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1958 (At the Hop)

From the documentary: LEGENDARY DANCE MOVES 1941-1979 The recording is Danny & The Juniors classic “At the Hop” first from Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and then beginning at about the […]

The Paul Whiteman Charleston 1930 (Better Picture Quality)

From the movie: KING OF JAZZ 1930 The dancer is actually Paul Small not Paul Whiteman and this is from the recently released restored version of the 1930 classic musical […]

Jazz & Jazz Dance 1947

From the movie: LOOK-OUT SISTER 1947 Louis Jordan does his thing and is joined by dancer Peggy Thomas at about the :50 mark. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1956 (Bill Haley)

From the TV special: ATLANTIC CITY HOLIDAY 1956 This is from a TV special August 12, 1956 featuring Bill Haley and His Comets with a group of chorus dancers who […]

Great Swing Dance 1940 (Better Picture Quality)

From the movie: MAD YOUTH 1940 One of the best swing dance clips on film with somewhat better picture quality than my previous posting of June 27, 2015. The dancers […]

Jazz & Swing Dance 1956

From the short: MAMA DON’T ALLOW 1956 A group British teenagers and twenty somethings and maybe older dance to the “Trad Jazz” of The Chris Barber Jazz Band in a […]

Jive & Swing Dance 1943

From the movie: HOOSIER HOLIDAY 1943 Some cute jive with Dale Evans and “The Music Maids” with some jitterbug and even a little Shag at about the 1:50 mark. Things […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1962

From the documentary: THE DAVE SENNETT DANCE PARTY 1962 Another clip from one of those teen dance party TV shows from the 1950’s and 60’s this one from station WPRO-TV […]

Jazz & Jazz Dance 1943

From the shoundie: BACKSTAGE BLUES 1943 The first dancers may be Ann & Lou Ellen. I know for sure that the girl was also part of a dance team called […]

Rock & Roll Dance 1958

From the movie: ANDY HARDY COMES HOME 1958 A little Rock & Roll dancing with Mickey Rooney joining in. This was the last of the Andy Hardy movies. (Visited 1 […]

Swing Dance 1944

From the movie: BABES ON SWING STREET 1944 A couple of very brief swing dance scenes and a very worried Peggy Ryan. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Tap & Swing Dance 1944

From the movie: BABES ON SWING STREET 1944 I didn’t know who Peggy Ryan’s partner was here but I’m told it was in fact choreographer Louis Da Pron. She’s great […]

Jazz & Swing Dance 1957

From the movie: JAMBOREE 1957 The dancing is good if perhaps a bit formal and in my view anything with Count Basie in it is worth a watch and especially […]

Rock & Roll Dance (The Buddy Dean Show)

From the documentary: THE BUDDY DEAN SHOW 1950’s & 60’s Buddy Dean had a hugely popular TV teen dance show in Baltimore from 1957 to 1964 and is said to […]

Jazz Dance 1933

From the short: RUFUS JONES FOR PRESIDENT 1933 If you can get past the awful racial stereotypes in this scene the number itself is really fun with great energy. I […]

Fun 1920’s Dance 1930

From a Fox Movietone Newsreel outtake 1930 Nick Long and the dancers from “The Street Singer” company give us some classic 1920’s dance. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Rock & Roll Dance 1956

From the movie: RUMBLE ON THE DOCKS 1956 I have no ides who any of the dancers are other than actors James Darren and Laurie Carroll. The band is Freddie […]

Mexican Swing Dance 1948

From the movie: ESQUINA BAJAN 1948 I have no idea who the dancers are but some of them are very good. (Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Jive and Swing Dance 1944

From the movie: SWEET AND LOW DOWN 1944 There’s some group swing dance at the end at about the 1:55 mark following a jive vocal by Lorraine Elliot dubbing for […]

Tap & Swing Dance 1938

From the short: TWO SHADOWS 1938 A fun combination of tap and swing dance featuring the diminutive brother and sister dance team of Billy & Beverly Bemis. I have to […]

Fun Swing Dance Number 1941

From the soundie: OL’ MAN MOSE 1941 After at times a kind of crazy opening vocal by Ginger Harmon there’s a fun jitterbug dance routine by the team of Judy […]