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Len Goodman's Dancing Feet: The British Ballroom Story

Len Goodman discovers the golden age of ballroom. He visits its spiritual home of Blackpool, demonstrates steps with dancer Erin Boag and talks to dancers, singers and musicians.

Len Goodman, the head judge of Strictly Come Dancing, takes to the dance floor to discover the golden age of ballroom and recalls the time when Britain went ballroom barmy.

In the early 20th century millions enjoyed dancing. Graceful movement was everything as we grappled with the waltz, the tango and each other. Len also reveals a surprising world of scandal and outrage - a time when ballroom was considered radical and trendy. What was it about ballroom that people enjoyed so much and why did we eventually turn our backs on what Len considers the greatest dance form of all?

Len visits Blackpool, the spiritual home of ballroom, and demonstrates some popular steps with professional dancer Erin Boag. He discovers how the smart set danced the night away at the Cafe de Paris and returns to a favourite dance hall from his youth, the Rivoli in south London.

Len talks to dancers, singers and musicians who remember the golden age and discovers the people who introduced 'rules' to ballroom - the dance leaders and teachers who were concerned that ballroom was out of control and needed new regulations to govern steps, movement and music.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 28 Mar 2016 00:50



Role Contributor
Presenter Len Goodman
Executive Producer Tony Parker
Executive Producer Tom McDonald
Producer Roger Keech
Director Roger Keech