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Dance marathon fad reaches new peak--outtakes

These Fox Movietone News outtakes were filmed on August 1st 1930. The footage covers the tail end of a dance marathon that began 15 weeks earlier, on April 11th.

Dance marathons began to gain popularity in 1923 as a fun endurance event. By the Depression era 1930s, these events were made into grueling spectacles that often abused the financial desperation of the contestants. Though dancers were expected to keep moving 24 hours a day with only short breaks for sleeping every hour or two, most were pleased to just have a roof over their heads and steady meals, along with the hope of a big payoff if they were the last couple standing. The marathons could last several months at a time, and as the 1930s progressed, many towns and even entire states banned the contests outright.
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MIRC ACE Spring 2012 Winner
The Award for Creative Editing (ACE) celebrates innovative use of archival film footage for an editing exercise in MART 371: The Moving Image. View Past Winners.

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