National Smooth Dancers was founded in
1937, by a group of
"smooth dancers" who protested the jitterbug then in vogue.
In contests they applied chalk to the heels of the men's shoes,
and disqualified those who marked chalk on the floor. They
formalized the club in 1938, but temporarily disbanded during
the Second World War. Chapters were added in the decades
thereafter, and the dancers became more accepting of swing
and rhythm dances.
Today our club is more modern in its style of smooth dancing.
And while we still waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and tango, we also
do cha cha, rumba, jive, west and east coast swing, mambo,
as well as Night Club Two Step, hustle, and others.
August 1962 article from Ballroom Dance Magazine describes
how National Smooth Dancers began.