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Stage Name

Birth Name

Vernon and Irene Castle Vernon Blythe
Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Castle | the Castles Irene Foote

       Vernon was from England and Irene was from New Rochelle, New York. The castles got their fame in Paris, when down on their luck, were asked to do the new American Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear dance to make a few bucks. Not knowing the steps, they took a newspaper article sent from their mother about the new dances and faked their way through them. They would be sitting in the audience, (very Unusual at the time for performers) and the announcer would announce them, they would rise, walk to the floor and dance ... The audience related with them as they thought they were just regular dancers, like them. However, they danced Beautifully, Graceful and Chic.

    The Castles became a huge hit and continued dancing in Paris for a short time, when they returned home a New York Times reporter, reported on their success. They made their New York debut at a club called Louis Martin's in 1912. The Castles became a hit as well in the States in the Supper clubs and Rooftop dances of the 1900's.

   The Castle's would dance their signature-dance called the Castle Walk which became famous. Elisabeth Marbury (1856-1933) was their main sponsor and went about the task of trying to refine the "Modern Dances" with such advice as: "Do not Shake The Hips or Twist the Body, Flounce the Elbows or Pump the arms," they also recommended dropping the " Turkey Trot, Bunny Hug and the Grizzly Bear."

   The Castles made a dance movie called "Social and Theatrical Dancing" in 1909 (1St. instructional dance film) and wrote a couple of books, such as "Modern Dancing" in 1914, "Castle's in the Air" ( Also made into a movie with Fred Astaire, Irene was a consultant) "Whirl Of Life," and "My Husband" (1979.) The clip on the right is the Castle Maxixe dance done by the castles.

    They were known by the press as "The Aristocrats of Dance" and in Vaudeville as the "Worlds Greatest Society Dancers" Irene Castle became very fashionable in Society and endorsed certain ways to dress etc. Society copied Mrs. Castle's wardrobe and makeup to the "T." The Castles also endorsed Records and Corsets as well as Castle Corsets & Castle Dance Records. Opened a few Dansants called the Castle House, Castles In the Air, San Souci etc. Years after it's invention they tried to lay claim to the creation of the Fox Trot dance by stating it was originally the Castle Walk.

    Vernon Castle died during World War I in 1917 in an routine airplane crash. He was in the British Royal Flying Corps and returned home to become a " Flight Instructor" in Fort Worth, Texas in Benbrook Field. His plane crashed during a lesson. Irene continued dancing and started a unsuccessful movie career and had a daughter named Barbara Kreutz.


Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Norwich, Norfolk, England (V) 5/2/1887 - 2/15/1918 Vernon married Irene Foote. None
New Rochelle (I) 4/17/1893 - 1/25/1969 Irene married Vernon Castle. < Barbara Kreutz
      Frederick McLaughlin, n/a
      Robert Treman, n/a
      George Enzinger. n/a

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Acrobatic Dancing (w/ Faust) Each Other Castle Combination
Argentine Tango Billy Reardon (w/ Irene) Castle Doggy Fox Trot, the (1915)
Boston Frederick McLaughlin $ The Castle House Rag (1914 Europe)2
Bunny Hug Julia Sanderson Castle Innovation Tango
Castle Combination Lottie Faust ( Girl Behind The Counter) Castle Innovation Waltz Esmeralda
Castle Doggy Foxtrot (1915)       Castle Lame Duck (Waltz)
Castle One Step       $ The Castle Walk (1912,) 2
Castle Maxixe       Castle Half and Half
Castle Perfect Trot       Castle House Rag (1914)
Castle Polka

Sheet Music Covers

$ Castles in Europe (1914)
Castle Walk Argentine, the (Vernon and Sanderson) $ Castle Innovation Tango (Europe)
Fox Trot Castle House Rag (1914) Castle Maxixe
Half and Half Castle Innovation Waltz: Esmeralda Castle Perfect Trot
Hesitations Castle Maxixe Castle Society Dance Folio
Innovation Tango Castle of Dreams (Irene) Castle Valse Classique, Hesitation
Innovation Waltz Castle Society Dance Folio Enticement: An Argentine Idyl
Lame Duck Castle Valse Classique, Hesitation Free and Easy (Castle Polka - 1914)
Maxixe Castle Walk Irene! (Castle Of Dreams 1919)
One Step Free and Easy $ Sans Souci
Tango Patria (1918) Tango Argentino
Turkey Trot Tango Argentino The Argentine (Tango)
Waltz Tres Chic Transweise (Castle Polka - 1914)
  Trilby Rag
  You're Here & I'm There (1914)
    ( Castle House Rag by Europe's Orchestra )

Night Clubs

Stage

Armenonville ( Bois de Boulogne) 1907 - About Town (Vernon)
Cafe de Paris ( Paris) 1907 - In Old Dutch (Vernon)
Castles By The Sea (Long Island) 1908 - The Girl Behind The Counter
Castle House ( Their Studio) 1909 - The Midnight Sons, Lottie Faust
Castles In The Air (44St., NY) 12/1914 (atop Shubert Theatre) 1910 - The Summer Widowers
1911 - Enfin un Revue ( Paris)
Palais' de danse (12/15/1913)
E. 46th Street, [1st]
1912 - Sunshine Girl (Vernon & Irene: Tres Chic)
1914 - Watch Your Step (Vernon Left for Air Force)
Sans Souci ( Studio-Supper Club) (12/18/1913,) [Broadway & 42nd Street [2nd]
1915 - Whirl Of Life
1917 - Miss
Manhattan Casino (1914-NNSO) 1922/24 - Let's Dance
Louis Martins (NY) Henpecks (Lew Fields)
  NNSO (Nat'l Negro Symphony Orchestra) 1914

Theatres

 
Keith's Theatre (1917)  
New Amsterdam (1914)  

Video Clips (Po-Up Window)

Films

Publications

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1914 - Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle Before the Camera 11/1914 - Ladies Home Journal
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1915 - Whirl Of Life (by Vernon & Irene) 1914 - Modern Dance (by the Castles)
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1915 - The Castle Walk Demo reel (Vernon & Irene) 1914 - Modern dances as fashion reformers (by Castles)
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1916 - Patria (by Hearst) (Vernon & Irene) 6/1918 - Motion Picture Mag
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1917 - Stranded In Arcady (Irene) 10/1918 - Motion Picture Mag.
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Convict 993 (Irene) 1918-19 - Philpsborn Style Catalog
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Girl From Bohemia (Irene) 1919 - My Husband by Irene Castle
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Mysterious Client (Irene) 4/19/19 - Moving Picture World
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Vengeance Is Mine (Irene) 9/19/1919 - Photo Play
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Hillcrest Mystery (Irene) 1900's? - Spirit Of France Mag
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - The First Law (Irene) 4/21/1921 - Photo Play
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1919 - Invisible Bond (Irene) 1922 - Vanity Fair ( Mdm. Butterfly.)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1919 - Mysterious (Irene) 3/27/1939 - Life Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1919 - The Firing Line (Irene) 4/10/1939 - Time Life Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1921 - The Broadway Bride (Irene) 5/5/1939 - Family Circle Magazine
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Slim Shoulders (Irene) 1939 - Filmem Magazine #18
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - No Trespassing (Irene) 1941 - Radio Stars Magazine (Irene and Ben Bernie)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Let's Dance (Irene) 1958 - Irene Castle - As Told to the Duncan's
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - French Heels (Irene) 12/1960 - Ballroom Dance Magazine (also 9/1960)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Broadway After Dark (Irene) 6-1962 - Films in Review Magazine
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1939 - Story Of Vernon & Irene Castle* [DVD] 5/1964 - Ballroom Dance Mag (Irene's B-Day)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1940 - The Lady In Question* ??? [DVD] 1998 - Spreadin' Rhythm Around (Jasen)
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. The Amateur Wife (Irene) Note ... Also see Castle dance types pages for more Publications

NOTE: Irene moved to Chicago as Mrs. McLaughlin in the 1940's.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers portrayed the Castles in the movie " The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle."