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Jim and Louise Sullivan - World Charleston Champions

Stage Name

Birth Name

The Sullivans

James F. Sullivan

      Jim and Louise won the"National Charleston Dance Contest of the World" at the Trianon Ballroom in Chicago February 8th. & 9th, 1926 ( Ginger Rogers took 2nd.) The contest had a $10,000 first prize. Later, they toured for two years in ballrooms and in vaudevilles throughout the country.

      The Sullivans were featured in a Fox Newsreel and also appeared in the movie 'The Night They Raided Minskys' years later. Louise also won the Charleston "Singles" contest on 12/24/1925 that was produced by B.F Keiths.

      Gloria Sullivan-Cotchonis of La Costa, CA. is the daughter of the Sullivan's who also is a WCS dancer and previous Charleston Champion who on September 2, 1954 with her 1st husband Peter Cranwell, won the KLAC Radio Charleston championships in Los Angeles. She is a member of the San Diego Swing Dance Club.
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EL Paso , TX (J) n/a Each other Gloria Cotchonis

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Trianon Ballroom            

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