Gene Kelly in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, 1952.
Leon James and Willa Mae Ricker demonstrate the Lindy Hop, 1942.
Seriously, how cute are they?!
Concours du Conservatoire de Paris, 1948
Irene Castle - c. 1910s
Irene and Vernon Castle - c 1910s
Considered paragons of respectability and class, the Castles specifically helped remove the stigma of vulgarity from close dancing. The whisper-thin, elegant Castles were trendsetters in many ways: they traveled with a black orchestra, had an openly lesbian manager, and were animal-rights advocates decades before it became a public issue. Irene was also a fashion innovator, bobbing her hair ten years before the flapper look of the 1920s became popular.
Marilyn Miller during her years with “The Five Columbians” dance ensemble - c. Early 1910s