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"Couple Dancing the Charleston - Norwegian pole vault champion, Charles Hoff, dances with Tempest Stevens in a Charleston contest." June 21, 1926 © Bettmann/CORBIS [Stock Photo ID: U340058INP]

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'Daggering' is dirty but it's what kids do

Doing the jive … a still from Mister Big (1945). Photograph: Universal

"I love tap dancing. I love my tap shoes. I get so inspired, so filled up. It's like I need a shot of whiskey, and I don't even drink." —Gregory Hines

In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theatre.

Jitterbug dancers at a juke joint in 1939 - one of the dances that shaped west coast swing dancing - photo from Library of Congress