Castle, Vernon and Irene


Castle, Vernon and Irene

biographical name

(born May 2, 1887, Norwich, Norfolk, Eng.—died Feb. 15, 1918, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.) (born 1893, New Rochelle, N.Y., U.S.—died Jan. 25, 1969, Eureka Springs, Ark.) U.S. husband-and-wife ballroom dance team. Vernon moved to the U.S. in 1906 and married Irene in 1911. They gained worldwide popularity for their graceful style, and they introduced such dances as the one-step, fox-trot, turkey trot, castle polka, castle walk, and hesitation waltz and popularized several others. Irene is credited with creating the fashion for bobbed hair. Following Vernon's death in an airplane crash, Irene retired from dancing.

Variants of CASTLE, VERNON AND IRENE

Castle, Vernon and Irene orig. Vernon Blythe and Irene Foote

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