Margarita Restaurant, Cork Street, London.
Various shots of Spanish dancer Margarita dancing and playing castanets in traditional dress as part of the floor show at a Mayfair restaurant. We see diners who are turning round to watch her. A large part of the dance is without musical accompaniment; natural castanets and heel-stamping sounds! C/Us of people in evening dress applauding at the end of the dance.
Various shots in a backstage area where Margarita shows a little English girl how to play the castanets (natural sound). Another female dancer looks on as Margarita explains the lower sounding castanets is the 'boy' or rhythm line; the higher one is the 'girl' or melody line (this scene is in natural sound). The little girl has a go on the castanets; the second dancer motions to Margarita that it is time for the next number; Margarita grabs a red dress hanging on the wall and they both walk out.
Back in the restaurant another dance routine is seen; the two girls dance around each other and play their castanets. Both are wearing traditional Spanish frilled dresses and shawls. On a small stage behind the dancers a musician plays guitar while another claps and sings in the traditional Spanish style. A Chinese woman in the audience looks on.
Note: On file is an article from the Daily Mirror about learning how to play the castanets.