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  • n. A two-man track cycling event in which partners take turns to race round the track a number of times, and then must exchange places with a partner by means of a hand sling.


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Named after Madison Square Garden in New York.



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  • The Madison is a novelty dance that was popular in the late 1950s to mid 1960s. The Madison was created and first danced in Columbus, Ohio in 1957.

    The Madison is a line dance that features a regular back-and-forth pattern interspersed with called steps. Its popularity inspired dance teams and competitions, as well as various recordings, and today it is still sometimes performed as a nostalgic dance. The Madison is featured in the John Waters movie Hairspray; and it continues to be performed in the Broadway musical Hairspray. Both the film and the musical feature one of many songs released during the Madison "craze" in the US.

    An example of a 1960 song and album featuring music for the Madison is "The Tunetoppers at The Madison dance Party" with calls by Al Brown.

    The Madison took on international flavor when Count Basie visited Columbus, Ohio in 1959 and adopted the dance as a feature of his entertainment when he played London and the continent, creating press notices in London.

    The Madison basic danced in the film Hairspray is as follows:

    Step left forward

    Place right beside left (no weight)and clap

    Step back on right

    Move left foot back and across the right

    Move left foot to the left

    Move left foot back and acoss the right

    Called steps included the Double Cross, the Cleveland Box, The Basketball, the Big "M", the "T"�? Time, the Jackie Gleason, the Birdland, and The Rifleman.


    February 25, 2008