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Streetswings Dance History Archives: The Continental
Fred and Ginger doing the Continental dance
The Continental dance - Dance History origins tite    The Continental was a remake of the Carioca. The continental was never a big hit dance wise, but it tried, however it was the first dance song to win a Oscar. The dance was debuted by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "The Gay Divorcee" in 1934 in which they danced for seventeen minutes. There have been many remakes of the song over the years.

   The Apache dance, the Astaire, the Continental, the Carioca, the Piccolino and the Yam were more often done as exhibition dances rather than social dances. The Continental often used the 'Strut Step' of the Truckin' dance. Eventually the Continental just

became an American Ballroom dance manuvere pattern.

   Also, there is a Round dance called the 'Continental Goodnight' Which is done to the same named song, usually listed as a Two-Step.

   The dance starts like a stately Minuet, where the man approaches the woman and bows and kisses her hand while doing the One step dance towards each other. As they come together, the Follower rest her head on the Leaders shoulder and do a brief circular Foxtrot, while doing this the Folower lifts her head every other measure and gazes careingly at her partner...

 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

Hollywood, CA. 1933 Fred Astaire? (Hermes Pan?) Ballroom / Exhibition
       
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Video Clips (pop-up)

Continental Music Titles ...

n/a 1934 - The Continental Sorry, Clip is not available at the moment Beyond The Sea [MP3]
    Sorry, Clip is not available at the moment Continental [MP3] (Conniff)
   
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Continental (by Clooney & Harry James)
   
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Continental (by Django)
   
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Continental (by Jolly Coburn -- Latin & Vocal)
   
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Continental (by Lew Stone - fast & vocal)
   
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Continental (by Maureen McGovern -- vocals)
   
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Continental (by Shearing)
    Sorry, Clip is not available at the moment Continental American [MP3]
   
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Continental Bop (leroy and The Continentals) 1959
    Sorry, Clip is not available at the moment Continental Goodnight
   
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Re-Bop Continental (Johnny meijer)
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Ballets / Stage

Continental Club Winter Garden Theatre (1935) 1935 - At Home Abroad ?
             
                 
 
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Films / Movies

Television

Locations

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1934 - RKO Short Instructional Film 1947 - Café Continental ? USA
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1934 - The Gay Divorcee [DVD]    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1952 - The Continental ?    
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1961 - Continental Twist (Louis Prima) the Twist dance  

Publications

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1982 - The Continental - Dulanine & Marceau   $ Vocal Selections from Gay Divorcee (Cole Porter)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.     12/1933 - Theatre World Magazine (UK)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.     11/9/1934 Bismark Tribune (The Continental)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.     12/2/1934 - Fresno Bee (La Jota and Continental)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.     4/1/1937 - Winnipeg Free Press (
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

Apache Dance Carioca Maxixe Truckin n/a
Astaire, the Foxtrot Piccolino Yam  
Continental Walk        
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Alice Brady (w/Horton) Lopez and Costello (1937) n/a
Edward Everett Horton (w/ Brady) ? The Continentals ? --
Fred Astaire    
Ginger Rogers    
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date Published

Publisher

Modern Ballroom Dancing Ray, Lillian 1938 Franklin
Ginger: My Story Rogers, Ginger 1991 Harper Collins
 

Musicians

Singers

Poets / Writers

$ Glen Gray n/a n/a
$ Ray Conniff      
Leroy And The Continentals        
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Fred Astaire Piccolino Yam -
Ginger Rogers Carioca Vintage Ballroom    
         
 

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