New Vogue Dance


The New Vogue dance style is an Australian form of sequence dancing that originated in the 1930s. Since then it has become an important part in the Australian ballroom scene.

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters played for a New Vogue dance earlier this year.

It’s a challenging gig for a band and requires expert knowledge of dance sequences and tempos. And if a dance is played out of sequence or at the wrong tempo then all musicians who have played these dances know that there is hell to pay.

Fortunately, a New Vogue expert was on-hand to advise the tempi and the number of 16 / 32 bar patterns the band needed to play.

My father and an uncle both taught New Vogue dancing at Keating’s Dance Hall above Newtown Railway Station in Sydney in the late 1930s.

Keating's Dance hall, Newtown, Sydney 1933
Keating’s Dance hall, Newtown, Sydney 1933

 

Anyway, here are some more recent photos…

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Calling the Mayfair Quickstep – Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Dancing the Mayfair Quickstep to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Dancing the Lillian Waltz to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

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Ballroom dancing to Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters

 

A happy New Vogue couple as Greg Poppleton sings the waltz, Always.
A happy New Vogue couple as Greg Poppleton sings the waltz, Always.

 

Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters website and contact.

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