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West Bromwich dance school girls in '51

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

Dancing girls in West Bromwich, 1951

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YOU might think these girls are extremely well turned-out for a class photograph – and you'd be right. For this was no ordinary class.

The girls were in fact pupils of the grandly-named Arcadian School of Dancing, which stood on Paradise Street in West Bromwich, and specialised in tap dancing and ballet. On the back of the photograph is written 'Joan Hipkiss School of Dance', but we have in the past seen the Arcadian and Joan Hipkiss schools listed as separate entities – can anybody clear this up for us?

The picture has been put our way by West Bromwich historian and author Terry Price, who tells us that it dates from around 1951.

The school evidently catered for girls of varying ages, but the only ones we can name are Shirley Newell (far left in the back row) and Marion Simcox (far right, back row). The teacher, in the middle of the group, was Pauline Whitehouse.

Were you a pupil at the Arcadian School, and do you recognise yourself or a friend in this picture? If you can tell us anything more about this photo, or the school itself, please write in to us at the usual address, give us a call on 01384 567678, or email gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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