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Cal Ripken Jr. gives award in St. Louis
National Baseball Hall of Fame member Cal Ripken Jr. talks with Len Goodman of New York City before the "2010 Energizer Keep Going Award," induction ceremony in St. Louis on September 27, 2010. The award is given to people who live with passion and perseverance. This year's winner is cancer survivor Jennifer Goodman Linn of New York City, founder of Cycle for Survival, one of the fastest-growing cancer research fundraiser in the country. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Lennard Gordon "Len" Goodman (born 25 April 1944) is a British professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and coach. He is a leading personality on television dance programs, and runs a ballroom dance school in Dartford, Kent.

Goodman started dancing at the age of 19 after a short time as an engineering apprentice (for Harland and Wolff in Woolwich). He tried dancing only in an attempt to recover from a foot injury sustained while playing football. He turned professional, won various competitions, and retired from dancing after winning the British Championships at Blackpool in his late twenties.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, his dance school in Dartford was home to a very popular Saturday night youth disco, which helped to keep the majority of Dartford's young people out of trouble.

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