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Swing Your Partner: 1940

Swing Your Partner: 1940

December 1940. "At a Saturday night square dance in Clayville, Rhode Island." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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My impression is the glum looks are probably one of concentration - until you really internalize the various dance moves one is often so concerned with getting them right that it's hard to relax and enjoy the moment.

Fond Memories

Square dancing was part of the middle school physical education curriculum when I was growing up in Michigan in the late 1970s. Every winter we would do a 3 or 4 week unit on square dancing in gym class. I still remember how to do some of the "calls" like allemande left, do-si-do, and promenade. I always looked forward to it, as it was a lot more fun to dance with the girls than to do wrestling or basketball with other sweaty guys.

The loathing

The girl on the left and I feel exactly the same way about dancing.

Not Famous for You

I thought I knew every city and town in Rhode Island, but never heard of Clayville until today.

In the last Census, it had a population of 300 in 1.75 square miles. So, I guess I can be forgiven my ignorance.

I think the Gal on the left is thinking:

I just want to go home.

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