Photo Of The Day

1969

Portraits of Teenage dancers

The Uncertainty of Youth in the Swingin’ Sixties

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (1)

Revelle Jackson, 96, worked as a commercial photographer in Upper Hutt, near Wellington, New Zealand, after emigrating from England in 1952.  Here Jackson has photographed the Upper Hutt Youth Club dances, held three times per week on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons.

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (5)

This set of pictures captures the awkward hesitancy not foreign to young people. Unlike typical representations of the “Swinging ’60s,” these young people appear uncertain — unsure whether they look attractive, whether they are dancing right, skeptical of the futures on which they are embarking.

Have they made themselves attractive? Have they got it right? Are they going to be laughed at?

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (2)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (3)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (4)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (6)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (7)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (8)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (9)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (10)

Teenage Dancers at Upper Hutt Youth Club in New Zealand, 1969 (11)

Only the young men lining the wall possess the swagger of confidence, though even they protect themselves from the risky dance floor by folding their arms against the crowd.

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  • Ginny

    Yes, those were the days.

  • Very cool post, thanks :-)

  • Sally

    The worse thing was the possibility of spending the evening as a wallflower.

  • raumatirover

    That’s still what it’s like in Upper Hutt

  • timemagazine

    Notice, that people where actualy dressed!

  • johcar

    No-one smiling… Must have been a fun dance!!!

  • dumbshit

    started dating wife to be 1970 in wellington, just brings back so many memories!

  • willtin

    Oh the memories. Youth Club dances and if you were lucky you would catch a glimpse of a stocking top, under that mini skirt on the ‘older’ girls.

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