Jiri Munk as a dance assistant

Jiri Munk as a dance assistant
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  • Photo taken in:
    Prague
    Year when photo was taken:
    1948
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Czech Republic
I always liked dance lessons, and I think that I was good at it, because I gradually worked my way up to part-time dance assistant. The photograph is from this time, 1948 or 1949. I'm standing in the top row, second from the right. My task, besides the proper demonstration of various dances, was also to chase after those who didn't want to dance. Boys would for example hide in the bathroom so that they wouldn't have to accompany the girls, and despite their unwillingness I had to bring them back onto the dance floor. I was this idealist, because I always felt sorry for the less attractive girls, who the boys didn't ask to dance, and so I would ask them to dance myself, so that they wouldn't be sad. They then thought that I was courting them, and so I then had lots of work getting rid of them. The dance classes took place in the noted Oplt dance school, which back then was located in the Metro building on Narodni Avenue, in a passage beside a modern building where today the Ceska Sporitelna [Czech Savings Bank] is located.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jiří Munk
Interviewer:
Terezie Holmerova
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2006
Prague, Czech Republic

KEY PERSON

Jiří Munk
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Prague
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia
Occupation
after WW II:
Architect

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