Amateur Dancers in Thatcher Era by Trisha Groves

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The English television programmer « Come dancing » has been a major social aspect of a rude time of reconstruction. During almost 50 years, from 1950 to 1998 the programme has never been deprogrammed. Thanks to « Come dancing », amateur dancing became a very commun hobby all around the country. These dance competitions between unprofessional dancers are the testimony of a desire of escaping from a complicated daily life. Participants were happy to exhibit excentrique home-made outfits like in a joyful parade. Photographer Trisha Groves decided to go further the kitsch side of these events and to focus on the contrast between dancers’ difficult daily life and social condition and the glittering world in which they spend their free time. For the magazine Vice, photographer explain the idea behind this sincere, funny and touching series, that remind us what England was during the Thatcher era.

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