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This is an index of the basic clips that include old-timers (prominent swing dancers before 1980s). It will be added to, as I compile info. Dates and names may in certain places be wrong; I promise to update information as I get it, though.

This will also be a starting point for a series I’ll be doing on individual classic clips and original dancers. It is also for any student who’s ever been in a class I have taught ever—almost all old clips I mention in class can be found here.

These are not all the swing clips in existence, so if you find dancers you like, there may be more clips of them out there. I recommend searching for them on YouTube or IMDB.


(1903 +) Cakewalk Archive Footage
Early Cakewalkers, both Black and White.

(1920s) Charleston
Modern-era dancer Sharon Davis put this clip of classic Charleston odds…

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Vintage fanatic. Dancer. Armchair physicist. Polymath. Cat-killing curiosity. Wearer of many hats.

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