This week’s Big Friday Find was inspired by a photograph of Gladstone in Albert Square.
There was a hint of Saturday Night Fever in his pose.
This led us to look at other images of dancers and dancing in the collection.
The popularity of Strictly Come Dancing has raised the profile of the celebrities and sports men and women who take part. Manchester United footballers missed their chance back in 1910.
Dream Girl Dance at Belle Vue, no date
The Ritz on Whitworth Street also had its regular dance nights. It always make me think of the the Ray Davies’ song, ‘Come Dancing’. Luckily no sister’s tears have been shed watching this dance hall’s demolition.
Morris dancing is also represented – anyone else remember doing country dancing at school? It was part of the curriculum thanks to the influence of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in teacher training colleges early in the 20th century. These aren’t the lively contemporary Morris sides we see nowadays, but schoolgirls with flower garlands and Sunday best white frocks.
Nowadays people go to Zumba as an exercise class. Back in 1936 the policemen of Manchester were combining sharp moves with keep fit too.