Awkward, Awesome Vintage Dance School Photos

This set of vintage photos dug up by These Americans is transfixing. There’s a perfect awkwardness to them that can only be achieved with a combination of outdated haircuts, enthusiastic amateurism, and… tassel sleeves. Oh, those tassel sleeves. On the flip-side, these kids look like they’re having the best time. Sure, they’re a little rigid and gawky, but they’re confident and smiling and that’s more than we can say for every modern magazine fashion shoot. Also, looking at these decades-old photos probably uncovered from a long-forgotten drawer somewhere, photos that were never intended for mass consumption of the Internet is making us feel a little weird, delightful as they are. Now who’s the awkward one?

Image credit: These Americans