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Donald Tomkins and Ruth Mayon dance the Varsity Drag
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         "Down on your heels and up on your toes" was the thing to do in the hit song for the Varsity Drag.Donald Tomkins (left) is credited with introducing the Varsity Drag in the 1920s. The danced is based around the Collegiate dances of that era. It was also a featured dance in the play "Good News" in September 6, 1927, which is probably where it was introduced to the general public.

    Tomkins danced with Ruth Mayon in the 1947 movie Good News. June Allyson and Peter Lawford also danced the Varsity Drag in this movie. Zelma O'Neil is credited with the popularity of this dance as well.

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

USA late 1910's Donald Tomkins Collegiate
 

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Listen to a sample song

Varsity Drag Music Titles

n/a The Varsity Drag (1927) Play  Song Sample Varsity Drag - Abe Lyman (1930) MP3
  Varsity Drag Blues (1927) Play  Song Sample Varsity Drag - Anita O'Day (different version) MP3
            Sample Not Available Varsity Drag - Ciro's Club Band (1927) x
            Play  Song Sample Varsity Drag - Crew Cuts (1956) MP3
            Sample Not Available Varsity Drag - Frank Black Orchestra (1927) x
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - George Olsen (1927) MP3
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - Jack Hylton & his Orchestra (1953) MP3
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - Jean Goldkette Orchestra (1957) MP3
            Sample Not Available Varsity Drag - Pee Wee Hunt (1954) x
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - Peter Lawford & June Allyson MP3
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - Revelers quintet (1927) MP3
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag - Ruth Etting MP3
            Play  Song Sample Varsity Drag - Sam Lanin (1928) x
            Sample Not Available Varsity Drag - Spike Jones & his City Slickers x
            Play Song Sample Varsity Drag Mambo - Machito MP3
            Play Tito's Song Sample Varsity Drag Mambo - Tito Puente MP3
            Sample Not Available $ 1995 Good News Musical Sndtrack x
            Sample Not Available ... See all Drag Type songs x
 

Various "Drag Dance" Titles

A Minor Drag Jig Drag Slow Drag
A Real Slow Drag Saratoga Drag Varsity Drag (1927)
Dizzy Drag Shoe Shiners Drag Viper's Drag
     
 

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations

n/a 1928 - Equity Ball - NY n/a
      1927 - 46th Street Theatre  
 

Films / Movies

Television

Ballets / Stage

College Swing 1975 - Lawrence Welk Show (Bobby and Cissy) Good News (1927)
$ Good News [DVD] (1947) Muppet Show - Betsy Bird does "Varsity Drag" (episode 505) Good News (1995)
$ Good News (Audio Described) (1947)
Muppet Show - Statler and Waldorf dance (episode 208) Good News (1984) Zilker Summer Musical
The Varsity Drag 5/9/1988 - ALF - (Season 2, Episode 26)  
1947 -- Good News DVD      

Publications

      1/1928 - Dance Magazine
      11/5/1939 - Fresno Bee (Zelma O'Neil)
      9/7/1927 - NY Times (A. Brooks, page 35)
 
 

Other Related Dances of the time...

Aeroplane Waltz Charleston Hippohop LuLu Fado Shiver Shake
Apache Dance Chicken Flip Honey Bug Maxixe Slow Drag
Argentine Ardor Collegiate Hooche Cooche Mooch and Sugar Syncopated Canter
Arizona Anguish Collegiate Foxtrot Horsetrot Necktie Waltz Tango
Bacchanalian waltz Collegiate Shag Hug-Me-Tight One Step Terripan Toddle
Boll Weevil Wiggle Dewey Dip Innovation Ostrich Stretch Texas Tommy
Boston Dip Dizzy Drag Jazzarimba Pavlova Gavotte Toddle
Break away Fado Foxtrot Kangaroo Canter Peabody Turkey Trot
Bunny Hug Foxtrot Kangaroo Waltz Pickaninny Dandle Two-Step
Buzzard Lope Fuzzy-Wuzzy Kitchen Sink Pollywog Wiggle Varsity Drag
Cabbage Clutch Gaby Glide Lambeth Walk Puppy Snuggle Walkin' The Dog
Camel Walk Gilda Glide Lame Duck Quickstep Waltz
Cantor Waltz Grizzly Bear Lemon Squeeze Salome dance Wiggle-de-Wiggle
Cartel Waltz Grizzly Glide Lindy Hop Shadow Dance  
Castle Walk Hesitation Waltz Love Dance Shimmy  
 

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Albert Ludwig & Jean Morris Peter Lawford n/a
Bee Jackson Ruth Mayon  
Donald Tomkins Zelma O'Neal  
Dorothy McNulty (aka Penny Singleton (Blondie Bumstead) June Allyson and Peter Lawford in Movie  
Ewing Kennedy    
June Allison    
 

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date

Publisher

Down Memory Lane Murray, Arthur 1954 Greenberg
$ Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance Stearns, Marshal 1964 De Capo Press
       
       
 

Musicians / Bands

Other

Poets / Writers

Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau n/a n/a
Desylva, Brown      
Fran Frey & George Olson        
 

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

Bobbed cuts Flapper Raccoon Coats -
Collegiate Knickers Roaring Twenties  
       
       
 

Varsity Drag Song Lyrics.

Babe:
Hey everybody! What's goin' on here?, We can't let school get us depressed, after all the reason we're in college is to have fun, right?
We've always thought, Knowledge was naught, We should be taught, To dance!
Right here in Tait, We're up-to-date, We teach a great, New dance!, Don't think that I brag, I speak of the drag!
Why should a chic, Learn how to speak, Latin and Greek, Badly?, Give 'em a neat, Motto complete, Say it with feet, Glady!
First lesson right now, You'll love it and how!
Guys:
You'll love it!
Babe:
Here is the drag, See how it goes, Down on your heels, Up on your toes, That’s the way to do the varsity drag!
It's hotter than hot!, Newer than new!, Meaner than mean!, Bluer than blue!, Gets as much applause as waving the flag!
You can pass, Many a class , Whether you're dumb or wise, If you all answer the call, When your professor cries
Everybody!
Down on your heels, Up on your toes, Stay after school, Learn how it goes, Everybody do the varsity drag!
Girls:
Here is the drag, See how it goes, Down on your heels, Up on your toes, That’s the way to do the varsity drag!
Babe:
Its hotter than hotter than hot!, Newer than newer than new!, Meaner than meaner than mean!, Bluer than bluer than blue!
Ensemble:
Gets as much applause as waving the flag!
You can pass many a class, Whether you're dumb or wise
Babe:
If you all answer the call, When your professor cries
Ensemble:
Everybody!
Down on your heels!, Up on your toes!, Say goodbye to blues and do the, Drag!
[musical break]
You'll love it!
[musical break]
The Varsity drag!
 
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