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#ThrowbackThursday to Robert Alton, whose fusion of styles can still be seen in American musicals today: http://bit.ly/10BpWHc  Photo courtesy of Larry Billman/Academy of Dance on Film

#ThrowbackThursday to Robert Alton, whose fusion of styles can still be seen in American musicals today: http://bit.ly/10BpWHc Photo courtesy of Larry Billman/Academy of Dance on Film

Michael Bennett rehearses with Bob Avian (left) and Margo Sappington (right).   Photo by Friedman-Abeles, courtesy of Dance Magazine Archives.

Michael Bennett rehearses with Bob Avian (left) and Margo Sappington (right). Photo by Friedman-Abeles, courtesy of Dance Magazine Archives.

"You turned my wailing into dancing;  you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,  that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent." -Psalm 30:11,12

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"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent." -Psalm 30:11,12

A Soviet soldier dances the polka with a blonde, befurred German girl in central Berlin during the Christmas holiday celebration. December 25, 1945

A Soviet soldier dances the polka with a blonde, befurred German girl in central Berlin during the Christmas holiday celebration. December 25, 1945

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

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