Bil, 88, Dance’n’Swing
88-year old Bil (“My mother said she couldn’t pronounce the other L”). Dance N Swing. Sandusky, Ohio.
My people were Baptists, so we never went to dances. I also never smoked or drank. When I was overseas during World War II I used to trade my cigarettes for chocolate bars. Though I didn’t dance, I was always infatuated with Latin music. One night in the late ’40s I went out to see a band and this girl came over and asked me to dance. I told her I didn’t know how, and she handed me a card for an Arthur Murray studio. I stopped into the place the next week, took my first dance steps at the age of 28, and have been dancing ever since. I’m also a photographer, and have traveled all over the country taking photos of ballroom dancers.