St Mary's Hall, Melton Street, Batley: Social dancing
Chapter One, "Couples and Flirts: Dance After War in Lawrence and Mansfield," opens with a reading of Mark Gertler's 1916 painting Merry-Go-Round as an iconic anti-war image and warning of the dangerous power of social dancing
to turn leisure into a force for mindless conformity.
This enables her to explore the history of social dancing
from several angles, including the interactions between teachers and their pupils, the portrayal of dancing in the popular press, and the aims and aesthetics of the dancing elite in trying to shape and control the choreography, style, and repertoire of the ballroom even as it was changing and evolving.
The performances were interspersed with social dancing
which were open to the public.
Barbara Cohen-Stratyner shows the ebb and flow between social dancing
and musical comedy in the 1920s, providing some analysis and sketches of long-forgotten musicals as illustrations; however, in some cases she could impart more specific examples and definitions of terms.
One reason why social dancing
is a sustainable exercise is that it's done to music.
Patrons cane later enjoy social dancing
to Hearts Delight from Roscommon.
In Latin cultures, social dancing
is part of daily life.
For the show, Wheeldon researched 1950s tapes of social dancing
from the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, noting, "I'm going to walk away from this with an enormous amount of knowledge that I can take into the ballet studio.
In a culture that took social dancing
very seriously, those middle- and upper-class families who could afford hi-fis and records in the early 1950s taught themselves the proper steps and danced them at multi-generational parties.
All of this, Dixon Gottschild clearly presents in her book, whose main thesis is that our social dancing
, as well as our concert dances - modern, ballet - have been heavily influenced by African aesthetics.
Malnig also details such important related phenomena as the financial impact of producers and entrepreneurs on ballroom dance: while the Shuberts recognized the potential for profit in renovating restaurant space to accommodate a floor for exhibition and social dancing
, Prohibition essentially wiped out such cabaret performances, as restauranteurs' inability to serve alcohol led to the closing of these clubs, the dissolution of many teams, and the disappearance of numerous social dance spaces (42-47).
Today, almost everyone is doing some form of aerobic dance routine, which is based on social dancing
that started in the streets with Black people.