Dance Fever

August 31, 1994

Earlier this month, a Sun Magazine article reported on the growing revival of interest in hand dancing, the popular style derived from jitterbug and swing that was all the rage during the 1960s and early '70s. Hand dancing has made a big comeback in Baltimore and other cities, as have dance contests in which couples strut their stuff for cash prizes and trophies.

Recently, Morgan State University was the site of the first inter-city hand dance contest between Baltimore and Washington in more than a generation. The contest was held in the university's McKeldin Ballroom Aug. 19 before a crowd of several hundred fortysomethings with sweet memories of bygone days.

Alas, the $1,000 grand prize went to two Washingtonians, Kim Frazier and Richard Simms. Baltimoreans Jesse Moody and Zelda Brown were first runners-up; Clara Carter and Gonzales Jacobs won second runners-up, and John Gladney and his partner Elaine Smith were third runners-up. Other winners were Sheila Torry and Melvin Hopkins of Baltimore and Valloree Bryant and Joseph Jackson of Washington. Congratulations to all!

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