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Vintage Swing Dancing and 1950s Teen History
(1950s rock n' roll, 1950s juvenile delinquency, teen idols, 1950s teen fashions,
hot rod culture, rock n' roll dance styles, teen movies of the 1950s.)

"The Young Savages," which starred Hollywood legend Burt Lancaster, with supporting roles by Dina Merrill, Telly Savalas, and Shelly Winters, and directed by John Frankenheimer (who would later helm the well-remembered Cold War thriller "The Manchurian Candidate") is a classic of the "JD" or juvenile-delinquent dramas of the late 1950's and early 1960's.  "The Young Savages" is on a par with 1955's "Rebel Without A Cause" and "Blackboard Jungle" and was actually a "test" by United Artists for their upcoming adaptation of "West Side Story."

This full-length documentary on You Tube is a behind-the-scenes retrospective for this socially conscious early 1960's teen crime thriller.  As there are no behind-the-scenes extras for "The Young Savages" in either the DVD or Blu-Ray releases, our fan made documentary is the only video out there that will give '50's and early '60's youth culture fans insight into the movie, behind the scenes.

In addition, this documentary touches upon the real-life youth gang incidents that inspired the film's narrative, as well as the fate of one gang member who participated in the movie itself.

Shared from one of our two You Tube channels, you can watch it for free below.

 

1950s juvenile delinquency and the history of 1950s street gangs are the interrelated subjects of Rockinswing's first "major" blog. 

This blog is actually the size of a free e-book, and is accompanied with 100's of vintage photographs and newpaper accounts, as well interviews with former gang members and surviving court documents.

Below is the video trailer of the blog.  Check it out. 

 

To access the blog itself, click on the "View More" button.
 

Below is a beginner-friendly instructional video in 1950s style "double-time" jitterbug, the type of swing dancing that was done by actual teenagers in 1950s after-school tv dance shows.

It isn't Smooth Lindy as seen in 1950s rock n' roll drive-in movies, but it is the type of simplified swing dancing that was done on shows like "American Bandstand."

Unlike lindy, this style can be learned completely on-line

 

*  As we are taking a temporary break from live events due to the pandemic, we will be providing video content for our fellow vintage lifestyle enthusiasts.  Stay tuned and check back in, because when the pandemic is over, we will be back with our rockin' n' swingin' live events!

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