A Japanese disc jockey stole John Travolta's show at the Leicester Ballroom in London last night (12 December).
SV Tadaaki Dan of Japan dancing to "Something"
SV Crowd applauds
SV Grant Santino of the United Kingdom dances to "God Only Knows
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Background: A Japanese disc jockey stole John Travolta's show at the Leicester Ballroom in London last night (12 December). Tadaaki Dan outmanoeuvred 35 other competitors at the first World Disco Dancing Championships to swing the winning prizes totalling 20,000 pounds in value (40,000 dollars).
SYNOPSIS: To the sounds of "Something", Tadaaki Dan danced his way to the prizes, including a sportscar, a speedboat and several dozen pairs of trousers.
A cheque for over 2,000 pounds (4,000 dollars), doesn't quite put him into John Travolta's income bracket, but his title may well give the dancers in his own discotheque more than just Travolta fever.
The crowd loved him, and a new fever-bug may have been discovered.
Britain took second place with Grant Santino. But Grant had to share runner-up place with Ricky Villard form the United States. Here is Grant dancing to "God Only Knows".
The man who inspired the disco dancing championships was not there, John Travolta, who danced himself into the heats of millions of youngsters all over the world in "Saturday Night Fever, and "Grease".
If Britain and America, as the traditional centres of disco-music want to do better at the next championships they may well have to be very much on their toes.