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The Teenarama Dance Party 35th Anniversary Reunion Gala

Catalog Data

Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture  Search this
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Collection Creator:
Kendall Productions  Search this
1 Video recording (VHS)
African American  Search this
Archival materials
Video recordings
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Scope and Contents:
The Teenarama Dance Party 35th Anniversary Reunion Gala was held on October 10, 1998 at the Eclipse Nightclub. The gala consisted of music from the Teenarama era, performances by the Teenarama Dance Party regulars, a reenactment of the Teenarama television program, and a dance party. The proceeds from the gala benefited the making of the Teenarama documentary.
Celebration - dance and music. Part of the Teenarama Collection. Timecode burnt into image. Dated 19981010.
Biographical / Historical:
The documentary 'Dance Party: The Teenarama Story' examined the popularity of 1950s and 1960s teen dance television shows, including 'The Teenarama Dance Party,' 'American Bandstand,' 'The Buddy Dean Show,' and 'The Milt Grant Show.' 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was an all-black teen dance show produced and broadcasted in Washington, D.C. The show aired from March 7, 1963 to November 20, 1970 on WOOK-TV Channel 14, which was the nation's first Black TV station. The show was produced live six days a week; and hosted first by Bob King and later by a rotation of hosts. In addition to being a dance show, 'The Teenarama Dance Party' was a training ground for teens. Production staff mentored the teenagers in the art of broadcast production. The teens trained as camera operators, floor directors, and technical engineers; and served as production assistants.
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African Americans  Search this
Dance  Search this
D.C. hand dance  Search this
Teenagers  Search this
Television programs  Search this
African Americans on television  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Video recordings
The Teenarama Dance Party 35th Anniversary Reunion Gala, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.06-055, Item ACMA AV005284
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Kendall Productions Records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives