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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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The Development of Dancing in Britain, 1918–60

The Development of Dancing in Britain, 1918–60

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(p.99) Chapter 4 The Development of Dancing in Britain, 1918–60
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Going to the Palais
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James Nott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605194.003.0005

This section concludes, in Chapter 4, with an examination of dancing in Britain at this time, exploring the popularity of particular dances and examining how people learned to dance (via dance teachers or other means) or indeed whether they bothered to learn at all. In doing so, Chapter 4 explodes many of the popular myths about particular dances to take a more nuanced approach to Britain’s dancing culture. Rather than seeing dancing as a series of dance crazes such as the Charleston, Lambeth Walk, Jitterbug, Jive, and Twist, it is shown that at any one time a series of overlapping dance cultures existed. Furthermore, the popularity and originality of these headline dances has been exaggerated and the take-up of the English style was by no means straightforward. In particular, this chapter illustrates the piecemeal nature of processes such as Americanization and commercialization of British culture.

Keywords:   Charleston, Lambeth Walk, Jitterbug, Jive, English style, dance teacher, Twist

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