jitterbug day

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Performed by: Morgan Day and Emily Wigger

Number: “Super Mario Bros”

Style: Lindy Hop

From: National Jitterbug Championships 2011

April 29 is International Dance Day!

A sailor relieves the shipboard tension with an impromptu jig during the lead up to the invasion of Okinawa*. 

Excerpted from: “Landings on Okinawa,” Universal News Volume 18, Release 388, Stories #1-5, April 9, 1945.  National Archives Identifier: 100520.

(*Bittersweet as this clip also features some of the last footage of war correspondent Ernie Pyle before he was killed on Okinawa. He can be seen sitting next to the accordion player. )

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Photos of the Day: Jitterbuggin’ the Park June 23

Sunday was Jitterbug Day at California Adventures! I had an absolute blast listenin’ to the Ellis Island Boys and being surrounded by fabulous swing dancers. I was joined by my sis and our friends Andy & Jr. I wore a 40s inspired outfit by Bettie Page Clothing. My sis wore vintage.