Sunday, February 19, 2012

Norton & Margot In Dance Pose

Maurice Seymour ~ From Cotton Club Ballroom Dancer's Collection, 1938 

American Memorabilia

Our nation has come a long way. Back in the 1930s African Americans faced an uphill battle to gain acceptance. Such was the case for famed ballroom dancers Margot Webb and Harold Norton. The duo was known to their adoring fans as Norton and Margot. They filled ballrooms on a regular basis dazzling crowds with their moves. Webb made her debut in 1933 and performed until 1947. During their years together, Norton Webb performed numerous times at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York 1933-39. The two danced the Waltz, Tango and Bolero. It was at the Cotton Club where Webb met some of the headliners. Names such as Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne and countless other top acts of the time are featured in the following listings, secured from Webbs daughter. Their dance duos unbridled success even led them to perform in London, Paris and Germany before WWII.

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