The Tragic Story and Sad Ending Of Vernon & Irene Castle – Sadly, Vernon was Only 30.
The mini real story of Vernon & Irene Castle. They were a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers and dance teachers who appeared on Broadway and in silent films in the early 20th century. They are credited with reviving the popularity of modern dancing. Castle was a stage name: Vernon was born William Vernon Blyth in Norwich, Norfolk, England. Irene was born Irene Foote in New Rochelle, New York. The couple reached the peak of their popularity in Irving Berlin’s first Broadway show, Watch Your Step (1914), in which they refined and popularized the Foxtrot. They also helped to promote ragtime, jazz rhythms and African-American music for dance. Irene became a fashion icon through her appearances on stage and in early movies, and both Castles were in demand as teachers and writers on dance.
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