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Gay Ballroom Dancing
Produced by: Louise Swan
Ian Poitier
Ian and his partner had no experience dancing in competition. Yet they decided to enter the ballroom event at the International Gay Games held in Australia. They kept an audio diary of their training in the Waltz, the Quick Step and the Tango. They also recorded how they learned to glide around the dance floor with confident smiles, even when shaking with nerves and, on one memorable occasion, with Ian's trousers falling down. Ian Poitier steps out onto the dance floor and takes us into the world of ballroom dancing. This program was produced by Louise Swan of the BBC and is part of our international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

Gay Ballroom Dancing was narrated by Ian Poitier, and produced by Louise Swan of the BBC. It originally aired as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.


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