Upbeat Dancers Jean Hagedorn. Linda Mulcahey, and Arline Burks doing a promo for Upbeat. Outside of appearing on the hit TV show the Upbeat Dancers did commerials, print ads, concerts, and personal appearances.
From Left to right: Jacquelyn Carson, John Magill, Mary Lynn Curnayn, and Arlee Gibson leaving the WEWS TV-5 studio after a eight-hour taping.
THE UPBEAT DANCERS
1968. Upbeat dancers rehearsed on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, after school. Tapings were on Saturdays from nine in the morning to around four-thirty in the afternoon. The show aired every Saturday at five o'clock PM.
1969. Host Don Webster and dancers wait patiently between takes. Upbeat was taped before a live audience of die-hard fans who knew all the dancers by name and collected the autographs of all the stars to appeared on the show.
Maurice "Hank" Nystrom was Upbeat's choreographer (1968 - 1971) when the show was televised to over 100 cities nationwide. One of the many dances he created was the "Moonwalk", in 1969 (long before Michael Jackson's version). Hank based his routine on the steps and words of astronauts Armstrong and Aldridge during the very first moon landing in July, 1969. Nystrom's routine was featured in Jane Scott's column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Upbeat house bands were Dave C and the Sharptones, The Grasshoppers (of which the late Ben Orr of the Cars was a member), the Rapid Transit, and the People's Choice (Puzzle People).
At right: People's Choice (later changed name to Puzzle People).
At right: Rapid Transit
Best friends and fellow Upbeat Dancers Arlee Gibson and Beverly "Bev" Jones relaxing at the Rocky River Yacht Club after a day of filming Upbeat.
Upbeat and the Upbeat Dancers move into the Seventies. 1971. Left to right, top: Michael Ray, Linda Mulcahy, John Magill, Jean Hagedorn, and Arlee Gibson. Left to right, seated: Kim Havrilla, Arline Burks, Mary Lynn Curnayn, Jacquelyn "Jackie" Carson, Peggy Miller, and Diane Rini.
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