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1938 Harvest Moon Ball Amateur Dance Championships

Madison Square Gardens, New York - Wednesday, August 31st, 1938

   The Harvest Moon Ball was one of the biggest couple dance contests for amateur dancers ever held in the United States. The HMB was held in New York at Madison Square Gardens as well as other cites throughout the U.S from 1935 to 1984. Video Clip has no date.

Harvest Moon Ball Award

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Locations

New York 1932 Daily News Madison Square Garden - NY

COLLEGIATE SHAG DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #26 -
Edith Meyer & Teddy Ottobrie
Couple #29 -
Grayce Murray & Nick Haas
Couple #32 -
Rita Twohig & John Sharkey
Couple #35 -
Grace Bonsall & Michael Motto
Couple #27 -
Theresa Berg & Jack McElroy
Couple #30 -
Dorothy Claire & George E. Freas
Couple #33 -
Mae Gallagher & Anthony Basil
Couple #36 -
Lenore Madden & Fred Neighbors
Couple #28 -
Helen Kober & Charles F. King
Couple #31 -
Anne Olivari & John Rudnick
Couple #34 -
Ann King & Max King Jr.
Couple #37 -
Bobby Roberts & Harry Douglas
Couple #38 -
Lillian Lynch & George Williams
Couple #39 -
Mr. & Mrs. & Joseph Keating
Couple #40 -
Bebe Milne & Ray Colbert
Couple #41 -
Hope Norton Ford & Edward A. Laugen

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Grayce Murray and Nick Haas Mae Gallagher and Anthony Basil Grace Bonsall and Michael Motto

FOXTROT DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #1 -
Margo Sage & Matty Matthews
Couple #4 -
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith
Couple #7 -
Peggy Ducey & William Roberts
Couple #10 -
Eileen Mimms & George Austin
Couple #2 -
Dorothy Campisi & John Saka
Couple #5 -
Rose Kuhn & Anthony Yacovino
Couple #8 -
Elsebeth Schroeder & William Conway
Couple #11 -
Josephine Braccino & John Costello
Couple #3 -
Sylvia Teitelman & Walter Bourie
Couple #6 -
Hazel Boyer & Lee R. Adams
Couple #9 -
Betty Carson & Sal Dico
Couple #12 -
Claire Dale & Joseph Bagley
Couple #13 -
John Bartley & Robert Kent
Couple #14 -
Ann Matthews & Samuel Costello
Couple #15 -
Adeline Femenella & Joseph Sordini
Couple #16 -
Mr. & Mrs. & Tony Valentine

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Rose Kuhn and Anthony Yacovino  Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith  Sylvia Teitelman and Walter Bourie  

LINDY HOP DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #54 -
Angela La Destro & Frank Giordano
Couple #58 -
May Meyerowitz & Anthony Case
Couple #62 -
Joyce James & Joe Daniels
Couple #66 -
Ilene Devine & Nickolas Sciacca
Couple #55 -
Jerry Savard & Tony Genovese
Couple #59 -
Bunny Miller & George Ricker
Couple #63 -
Wilda Crawford & Ernest Harrison
Couple #67 -
Patsy Lenoir & Mickey Lee
Couple #56 -
Jean Roody & Paul Bolonese
Couple #60 -
Sarah Ward & William Downes
Couple #64 -
Cornelia Hill & Russell Williams
Couple #68 -
Josephine Insinga & James Riccardi
Couple #57 -
Tiny Harris & Buster Swing
Couple #61 -
Mildred Pollard & Albert Minns
Couple #65 -
May Miller & Walter Johnson
Couple #69 -
Anne Mahoney & Eddie Flynn

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Albert Minns - Mildred Pollard
(AKA Sandra Gibson)
Said to be Frankie Manning but not listed as dancing, some say he was a fill in but not writtin in program. n/a

RUMBA DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #1 -
Margo Sage & Matty Matthews
Couple #5 -
Rose Kuhn & Anthony Yacovino
Couple #14 -
Ann Matthews & Samuel Costello
Couple #48 -
Mr. & Mrs. & Hector Perez
Couple #2 -
Dorothy Campisi & John Saka
Couple #11 -
Josephine Braccino & John Costello
Couple #16 -
Mr. & Mrs. & Tony Valentine
Couple #49 -
Betty Bowman & James Verdi
Couple #3 -
Sylvia Teitelman & Walter Bourie
Couple #13 -
John Bartley & Robert Kent
Couple #17 -
Lillian Warga & Luciano De Lucia
Couple #50 -
Olga Perez & Joseph R. Perez
Couple #51 -
Josephine Consola & Albert Solari
Couple #52 -
Elsie M. Cole & Anthony Dorval
Couple #53 -
Ann Ringi & Steve Ruccia
Couple #47 -
Evelyn De Camillo & John Sibilio

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Rose Kuhn and Anthony Yacovino ? Sylvia Teitelman and Walter Bourie ? n/a

TANGO DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #2 -
Dorothy Campisi & John Saka
Couple #9 -
Betty Carson & Sal Dico
Couple #18 -
Nina A. Berman & Ernest Graunas
Couple #22 -
Mr. & Mrs. Victor M. Lowenthal
Couple #3 -
Sylvia Teitelman & Walter Bourie
Couple #13 -
John Bartley & Robert Kent
Couple #19 -
Dolores Campisi & John Sakas
Couple #23 -
Mr. & Mrs. Gunther Stich
Couple #4 -
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith
Couple #16 -
Mr. & Mrs. Tony Valentine
Couple #20 -
Evelyn Fox & Donald Farry
Couple #24 -
Elsie Cunningham Rudolph Crisofi
Couple #5 -
Rose Kuhn & Anthony Yacovino
Couple #17 -
Lillian Warga & Luciano De Lucia
Couple #21 -
Rita Hoban & Andrew McDonald
Couple #25 -
Helena Lantwicki & John Lucchese Jr.

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Lillian Warga and Luciano De Lucia Rose Kuhn and Anthony Yacovino Sylvia Teitelman and Walter Bourie

VIENNESE WALTZ DIVISION - FINALISTS:

Couple #2 -
Dorothy Campisi & John Saka
Couple #8 -
Elsebeth Schroeder & William Conway
Couple #17 -
Lillian Warga & Luciano De Lucia
Couple #43 -
Margaret Brown & Joseph Daley
Couple #3-
Sylvia Teitelman & Walter Bourie
Couple #10 -
Eileen Mimms & George Austin
Couple #24 -
Elsie Cunningham & Rudolph Crisofi
Couple #44 -
Helen Marx & Harry Bozzi
Couple #4 -
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith
Couple #13 -
John Bartley & Robert Kent
Couple #25 -
Helena Lantwicki & John Lucchese, Jr.
Couple #45 -
Edith Marie Hull & Aquiles Cerdan
Couple #6 -
Hazel Boyer & Lee R. Adams
Couple #14 -
Ann Matthews & Samuel Costello
Couple #42 -
Mildred E. Forsman & Harry F. Cooke
Couple #46 -
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel McCarthy

WINNERS:

FIRST SECOND THIRD
Sylvia Teitelman and Walter Bourie Elsie Cunningham and Rudolph Crisofi Ann Matthews and Samuel Costello

ALL-AROUND CHAMPION

The Professional Judges

Pre-Lim Locations

Sylvia Teitelman and Walter Bourie Albert Butler Louis J. Becker Savoy Ballroom
  Thomas A. Riley Roseland Ballroom  
  ??    

Musicians / Bands / Singers

Announcer

Emcee

Entertainers

Artie Shaw Al Frazin Ed Sullivan Eleanor Brown
Billy Holiday     Rosita Ortega
Nano Rodrigo     Walter Biggerstaff
       

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Various Sheet Music Covers

Films / Videos

n/aAll Gods Chillin' Got Rhythm 1938 - Jitterbug Jamboree
[Shag Winners, - Vitaphone]
      Ballin' the Jack
     
Sheet Music Plus

1938 - World Series Dance has NY Swinging [Lindy & Shag, Paramount]
     
     

Various Dance Posters

African Dance Makumbane
Hellzapoppin'
House Rent Party Charleston
Last Waltz G.I. Jive
Mystery in Swing Reuben Foxtrot
Red Hot Martini (Pin Up) The Continental
Saturday Night Fever  
The Duke Is Tops    

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

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Author

Date Published

Publisher

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

Shorty George Madison Square Gardens Vintage Dance Contest Amateur Dance Championships
Lindy Hop NY Times News Welfare Association Historic Dance Contest Savoy Manor
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers Mama Lu Parks   Savoy Ballroom

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