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Going to the PalaisA Social And Cultural History of Dancing and Dance Halls in Britain, 1918–1960$
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James Nott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605194.001.0001

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Wartime Boom

Wartime Boom

Dancing and the Dance Hall Industry at War, 1939–45

(p.46) Chapter 2 Wartime Boom
Going to the Palais

James Nott

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 examines the wartime boom in dancing, looking at the dance hall industry at war from 1939–45 and at the challenges to dancing created by the war, and asking how the industry responded to government restrictions, loss of personnel, shortages, and the Blitz. Causes of the wartime boom in dancing are also explained and the changing experience of the dance hall, and the changing audience, examined. Driven by an era of full employment, the palais was a key beneficiary of a contracted leisure industry on the Home Front. Significantly however, this chapter also explores the wide range of venues for dancing available during the war, as dancing moved into new settings, such as factories, and became sponsored by local and central government in ventures such as the Holidays at Home scheme. Seen as vital to the war effort, it was also a key feature in the lives of the armed forces.

Keywords:   Blitz, dance hall, palais, Home Front, dancing, Holidays at Home

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