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THE NEWEST DANCE,
Vernon Castle, innovator extraor
dinary of the ultra in dancing, has
solved the pressing problem of the
ballroom. He has invented the terpsi-
' chorean novelty of the season, the
The prevailing problem of the ball
room is simply this, that nobody
wants' to dance in the ballroom any
longer! For, no two couples know
how to dance the new dances in the
Vernon Castle's new dance, the
half-and-half, will correct all this.
It is easily danceable in a uniform
way, and the couple need not take (
. preliminary practice in private m or
der to learn each other's steps.
Those who witnessed its first
demonstration, at the Castle House
in New York, were carried away by
its langorous grace. According to
them, here's what it is:
It's half way between the waltz and
the two-step. (Hence the name.)
It's really a five-step. It's very much
like the one-step. It shows a distant
relationship to the non-tactile tango,
or innovation; and is just as distantly
related to the time tango. . It resem
bles the hesitation.
And to dance- it, you assume the
one-step position; the gentleman ad
vances his right foot and holds the
step on the first three beats of the
music; then he advances his left foot
on the fourth beat and his right on
the fifth, bringing his left again into
the first position, after which the fa
miliar turns, whirls and reverses
common to most of the new-style
dances are indulged in.
"Let yourself feel the swing of the
music, and you can't help dancing the
half-and-half correctly," says Castle. -
MAY BE THE REASON.
It is due to the prevalence of so
many kinds of uplift movements that
lots of people nowadays seem to be
"up in the air." Charleston News.
"Half and half," posed
for The Day Book by
Mr. and Mrs. Castle.
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