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This Is How Your Grandparents' Generation Got Down

To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the film Dirty Dancing, here's a look back at how cool the dance floor looked during the '50s and '60s.

Posted on August 21, 2017, at 5:16 p.m. ET

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Partygoers at the Stork Club in New York City dance the night away in Oct. 1961.

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London teenagers show off their latest dance moves at a party in Sept. 25.

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Left: Nightclub entertainer Don Hornsby wears a megaphone over his head while providing the tunes at a party in April 1950. Right: A London couple demonstrates "new" dance moves at the Twist and Beat Championships of Great Britain in Dec. 1965.

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A couple dances for a crowd at a party, circa 1960.

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A young woman does the Limbo dance at a Los Angeles nightclub, circa 1964.

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Shoes are left at the edge of the dance floor at the Los Angeles Palladium in June 1954.

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Left: Saxophonist James Moody and singer Babs Gonzales perform on stage in a nightclub, circa 1950. Right: A young couple dancing to Humphrey Lyttelton's band at London's Jazz Club in May 1954.

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A group of partygoers cheer on the band and dancers at San Francisco's Condor Club in 1955.

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Tired clubgoers in London rest during a rave in Aug. 1960.

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Partygoers practice a new dance called "The Twist" in 1961.

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Japanese teens dance to a group known as the "Tokyo Beatles" in 1964.

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Teenagers kiss and dance the night away during the Carnival of Jazz event at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1959.

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Three women perched on the bar at the Cabaret Kursal nightclub in Havana, circa 1950.

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A young couple dances at a Los Angeles dance hall, circa 1964.

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A drummer provides the beat to a dance party in New York City's Greenwich Village, circa 1956.

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Two young women watch a jazz band at Newcastle's Club Martinique in April 1955.

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Students of Horace Greeley High School dance the night away to a live band at their prom in 1956.

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A new dance called the "Apple Twist" is demonstrated by a couple at a London party in 1962.

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A young couple get close to each other on a London dance floor in Dec. 1966.

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