Ballroom Lives

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201B0120010401

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

1: The 1930s.

This edition looks at the explosion of dance bands all over Britain following the spread of syncopated jazz after World War I.

Along with the traditional waltz, foxtrot and quickstep, there were more exotic dances like the black bottom and the turkey trot.

201B0120010401

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

1: The 1930s.

This edition looks at the explosion of dance bands all over Britain following the spread of syncopated jazz after World War I.

Along with the traditional waltz, foxtrot and quickstep, there were more exotic dances like the black bottom and the turkey trot.

201B0220010408

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

2: The 1940s.

With the advent of World War II, the government tried to close down ballrooms - but the urge to dance was too strong.

Around the country, people gathered to foxtrot and waltz and to attempt the jitterbug - the favourite of the American servicemen.

201B0220010408

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

2: The 1940s.

With the advent of World War II, the government tried to close down ballrooms - but the urge to dance was too strong.

Around the country, people gathered to foxtrot and waltz and to attempt the jitterbug - the favourite of the American servicemen.

201B0320010415

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

3: The 1950s.

The romance of the ballroom re-emerged in the 50s, as dance bands played the sensual cha-cha-cha for the traditionalists and rock 'n' roll for the youngsters.

201B0320010415

Lionel Blair presents a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

3: The 1950s.

The romance of the ballroom re-emerged in the 50s, as dance bands played the sensual cha-cha-cha for the traditionalists and rock 'n' roll for the youngsters.

201B04 LAST20010422

Lionel Blair presents the last in a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

4: The 1960s.

The twist and the beginning of dancing apart threatened the traditions of romance which the ballrooms had nurtured in previous decades.

As the Beatles and the Stones took off, what did the future hold for the local Palais?

201B04 LAST20010422

Lionel Blair presents the last in a four-part series exploring the heyday of the ballroom.

4: The 1960s.

The twist and the beginning of dancing apart threatened the traditions of romance which the ballrooms had nurtured in previous decades.

As the Beatles and the Stones took off, what did the future hold for the local Palais?