2 3 Throwback Thursday Eccentric | Ballet Webb

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Throwback Thursday Eccentric

Throwback Thursday Eccentric

Eccentric dance is any dance that is unconventional or unique. It developed in the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and included African, clogging and tap among other genres.

The team of Wilson, Keppel and Betty were said to be the “greatest eccentric dance act”. They were a popular attraction in the British music halls and vaudeville venues during the mid-20th century. The three performers were: Jack Wilson (January 30, 1894-August 29, 1970), Joe Keppel (May 5, 1894-June 14, 1977) and Betty Knox (Alice Elizabeth Peden, May 10, 1906-January 25, 1963). Over the decades there were actually several “Bettys” since the original Betty Knox left the act in 1941 to become a journalist. She worked as a war correspondent during WW II.

Wilson, Keppel and Betty’s act capitalized on the new Egyptian craze (following the opening of King Tutankhamen’s tomb) and they became famous for their “sand dance” that involved a soft-shoe number performed on layers of sand (see the Link of the Day below).

A biography about them called Wilson, Keppel and Betty: Too Naked for the Nazis by Alan Stafford, was published by Fantom Publishing in 2015. The book won the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year in 2016.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #203:
“Wilson, Keppel and Betty are known for their greatest eccentric dance act.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist's career.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri

Help expand the knowledge base!
Leave a comment about any instructions, ideas, or images that worked best for you!

My latest books are coloring books! They are available on Amazon.

Want to know more about me? Read my interview at Ballet Connections:

Or "Like" me on my Facebook Author Page:

Or visit my Pinterest page:

For interesting articles involving mental health:

No comments:

Post a Comment