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Dancing in the English style : consumption, Americanisation and national identity in Britain, 1918-50

Author: Allison Abra
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017. ©2017
Series: Studies in popular culture (Manchester, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dancing in the English style explores the development, experience, and cultural representation of popular dance in Britain from the end of the First World War to the early 1950s. It describes the rise of modern ballroom dancing as Britain's predominant popular style, as well as the opening of hundreds of affordable dancing schools and purpose-built dance halls. It focuses in particular on the relationship between  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allison Abra
ISBN: 9781784994334 1784994332
OCLC Number: 974846997
Description: xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Dancing mad! : the modernisation of popular dance --
Who makes new dances? : the dance profession and the evolution of style --
At the palais : the dance hall industry and the standardisation of experience --
The dance evil : gender, sexuality and the representation of popular dance --
English style : foreign culture, race and the Anglicisation of popular dance --
Doing the Lambeth Walk : novelty dances and the commodification of the nation --
Dancing democracy in wartime Britain --
The 'infernal jitterbug' and the transformation of popular dance --
Epilogue : come dancing--popular dance in post-war Britain.
Series Title: Studies in popular culture (Manchester, England)
Responsibility: Allison Abra.

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This book illuminates the history of popular dance, one of the most influential and widespread leisure practices in early twentieth-century Britain. It focuses on the relationship between dancing and  Read more...

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