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July 24, 2017

Learn How to Dance Disco With Åke Blomqvist

Arthur Åke Blomqvist (1925-2013) was a Finnish dance instructor, active since 1940, and Judge of the tango market in Seinäjoki. Together with his wife Leena, he ran dance schools in Helsinki, Tampere and Lahti. Even the couple's two children are dance teachers.

Åke Blomqvist was the host of a dance program that went on Saturday in Finnish TV. In 1980, he showed how to dance disco. A video of one of Åke's disco lessons from the 1980s began to spread through the internet in the early 2000s, when the world suddenly became aware of this dance teacher's amazing ability to take Afro-American, gay and Latino moves, and remove all style, energy and panache, for the consumption of Finnish audiences.

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