The Judah and Curtis School of Dancing, in Boscombe, Bournemouth, was also a way of life for many people in the 1950s and 1960s.

The school was founded by Dan Judah and Joan Curtis in the early 1950s.

After starting out in a hotel in Westbourne, it moved a few years later to Adeline Road in Boscombe, where it thrived for many years.

The students learned ballroom and Latin styles, while Friday night was rock ‘n’ roll night for up to 300 students.

Teenagers would spend their afternoons dancing instead of hanging around on street corners, it was a great way for them to relax and have fun.

There would be a core group of about 25 people who would attend three or four times a week. In their case, dancing all day was all they were interested in, and after they finished by 10.30pm, they would take the last train home.

Bournemouth Echo: Pix Corin Messer - 29/07/09 - judahcurtis6 
Features (poss snapshots) pix - Copy Pix to go with Maria Court feature on reunion of Judah & Curtis dance school pupils. 
The dance school building.

Everyone involved in the school had a strict code of etiquette that governed how the work was to be done and how competitions should be conducted.

The dancers had to be the correct height for their partners, white shoes had to be avoided since they accentuated the size of the feet, and one was never supposed to refuse an invitation to dance.

Apparently, it was a very happy and family-friendly school. As a result of the atmosphere, many dancers considered it a second home.

The relationships that were forged there led to many marriages through the years.

The school eventually closed but the memories will no doubt remain for many - and these pictures may trigger a few.