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Dance Till You Drop
February 23, 2010 By Dominik Skurzak   
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The 30th Bill Haley Rock'n'Roll dance competition at the Stodoła Club took place Feb. 15.

The competition is governed by a simple set of rules. The contestants have to dance rock'n'roll for 60 minutes non-stop. The winning couple takes home the Bill Haley Cup. A maximum of 50 couples can take part.

This year, 50 minutes into the competition, only eight, very tired couples were still dancing watched by an audience of several hundred viewers.

"More, more, more! Give us real rock'n'roll!" Kazimierz Chendyński, the man who invented the competition and who was one of the judges this year, encouraged the dancers. Other judges included actors Tomasz Karolak and Michał Milowicz and journalist Henryk Sytner.

The winners, for the fourth time in a row, were Joanna Malik and Michał WoĽnica from Tarnowskie Góry.

The history of the rock'n'roll dance competition at the Stodoła Club dates back to Feb. 9, 1981, when Bill Haley died in the United States. Haley produced the hit "Rock Around the Clock" that marked the beginning of the music era known as rock'n'roll. The idea for the competition came from Stodoła Club members Adam Halber and Kazimierz Chendyński. The competition has been since held every year since.

The first competition took place Feb. 24, 1981. There were 22 couples who came from across Poland, including one Polish-Dutch couple. The main prize was zl.5,000, in the early 1980s a substantial sum.
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