Monday, 17 June 2013

Remember Vera and Joe's Dance Academy?

I had an email a few days ago from a gentleman trying to find out some information on the old Vera and Joe's Dance Academy that used to be opposite Worcester Park Station. He needs the information for an autobiography he’s writing. He writes:
Back in the early 60's it was a very popular meeting and dancing place for teenagers. V & J taught us to waltz and quickstep as well as jive, and for those of us attending all boys schools like Beverley (Coombe) it was the only chance to meet girls. Could you advise where I may find any archive info on V & J's please, it was very well known at the time, occupying premises the other side of the road to WP station. Any advice from your bloggers would be much appreciated.
If you remember this place, please contact Jeremy Linton Mann on filmaffaires@aol.com. He would be grateful to hear from you.

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Avril Clark said...

Isn't that the old Melody ballroom???

Vida Stevens said...

I think that must be where he means-I used to go there in the early 70's as it was the only place to go if you were'nt old enough to go to the Doris Venner that was really for Rockers lol I'm trying to rememebr the name of the people who were running it and for the life of me I can't think of it at the moment. I met my oldest friend terri hedger there when I was 13 and she was 14 and we've stayed friends ever since for over 40years!! Oh my...how old I suddenly feel lol ....

Bexx Bissell said...

Was it Sid Lockless that ran the Melody Ballroom?

Jean Newton said...

I went to Vera & Joes in the late 50's. It was behind the Worcester public House. I remember that it had a sprung floor . We only went on Jive nights which if I remember
rightly were Fridays.

Sue Ann Seville said...

it was the melody in my time.. it was burnt down - then they moved to the co op hall down Longfellow road.. used to love going to the melody

John said...

I used to teach dancing there after Vera and Joe provided the training, and I was the DJ for the Saturday jive evenings until they packed up around 1966 and it reverted to just ballroom dancing

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