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Dance Marathons 1920/1930. They look beat.

“Dance marathons started as a popular fad in the and when organized dance endurance contests attracted people to compete to achieve fame or win monetary prizes.

Last four couples standing in a Chicago dance marathon circa 1930's. This hilarious image was taken at the Merry Garden Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois,1931. Believed to be the longest recorded dance marathon in history. This particular contest began on August 29th 1929, and didn’t stop until April 1st 1931!  Mike Ritof and Edith Boudreaux claimed first prize of $ 2,000 cash, and the marathon record. Unbelievably they danced for a total of 5,152 hours and 48 minutes!

Last four couples standing in a Chicago dance marathon, ca. Dance marathons started as a popular fad in the and when organized dance endurance contests attracted people to compete to achieve fame or win monetary prizes.

Overhead view of exhausted couples struggle to stay upright during a depressionera dance marathon Chicago Illinois 1937 This marathon lasted...

Overhead view of exhausted couples struggle to stay upright during a depressionera dance marathon Chicago Illinois 1937 This marathon lasted.

1930 Hawthron CA Possesssed with the spirit of terpsichore these five young couples have been dancing walking or shuffling about in a pavilion at...

1930 Hawthron CA Possesssed with the spirit of terpsichore these five young couples have been dancing walking or shuffling about in a pavilion at.

Last couple standing during a dance marathon, 1930, Merry Gardens Dance Hall (across the street from the Vic), Chicago.

Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the and were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.

Dance marathon in Madison Square Garden Contestants have something to eat as the dancing goes on Photograph 1930's from UPI BPA

Dance marathon in Madison Square Garden Contestants have something to eat as the dancing goes on Photograph from UPI BPA

1930s couple dancing during a dance marathon.  These couples would dance for cash prizes.  One would sleep while the other continued to dance.

couple dancing during a dance marathon. These couples would dance for cash prizes. One would sleep while the other continued to dance.

Dance Marathons Headlines 1920s | dancer being attended to

"Black" Dance Marathons (continuous motion) or "Derbies" became extremely popular during the depression years as many out of wor.

Dance marathon in 1930 USA

Dance marathon in 1930 USA

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I recently looked through some of my photo files, and found a cool photo I hadn't shown you! This photo comes from the 1938 LOOK Magazi.

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