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Skippy's first twenty years of life started in Atlantic City.
Blair was interested in singing and dancing and as a child in
sang and danced in "Daddy Daves Kiddies Review"
on the famous Steel Pier while only eight years old. During her
Steel Pier performances in New Jersey and Philadelphia, Skippy
picked up a lot of dance knowledge from the other performers. Skippy's
father was a race car driver and avid Tap dancer who was killed
when she was just a child. She would perform on Stage using the Stage Names Dolly Stewart and Chic Stewart.
her father died, her mother remarried a man named Bill Blair.
Later while living in Quantico, Virginia, Maybelle took the Stage Name of Skippy Blair. Skippy Says: "I was singing and dancing
for the USO and England General Hospital under the name of "Skippy."
The marines at Quantico Virginia knew me only as Skippy. They
knew Bill Blair as my father. When I showed up to do a show there
(Quantico) they had surprised me by putting my name on the marquee.
It said:: "One Night Only - In Person - Skippy Blair."
Sure looked good to me and that became my permanent name. I actually
used the name "Blair" starting in 1945. When I taught
in Germany (about 1965) I had to have a Passport. In the process,
I actually had my name legally changed to Skippy Blair."
While in Virginia she met her future husband and would later have
four children. In 1953 Blair returned
to teaching at a local Arthur Murray's
Dance Studio In Long Beach,
California and received her formal training there with Cha-Cha
being her favorite dance. In 1958, Skippy opened her own studio
which was in full operation for twenty-five years. Skippy obtained
a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1981. In 1991 and 1996, Skippy was honored
with the California Swing dance Hall Of Fame Award. She has written
her own music and wrote many books on dance.
Blair is known as the dance teachers teacher. She has been active in the
dance community since the 1930's. Devised and refined the "Universal
Unit System" since 1958. Owner and Operator of "Dance
Dynamics Studio" and "Golden State Dance Teachers Association"
(GSDTA) in Downey, California.
Skippy is a well respected dance adjudicator (Judge) in the dance
community and has been judging her individually-run national competitions
since 1961. She has been judging swing competitions since 1963,
and performing arts competitions since 1975. As well as judged
many early Star Balls in Southern California, in the American
and International styles of Ballroom. Blair also coined (not invented the anchor) the popular
term "anchor" to replace the coaster step at the end
of each pattern originally done in Ballroom (Arthur Murray's) West Coast Swing.
- Daddy Dave's Kiddies Review|
Pier (Atlantic City)
- Hayride ( Chor)|
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