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 the dance profession and dance hall industry and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated the creation of a 'national' dancing style, which constructed, circulated, and commodified ideas about national identity. At the same time, the book emphasizes the global, exploring the impact of international cultural products on national identity construction, the complexities of Americanisation, and Britain's place in a transnational system of production and consumption that forged the dances of the Jazz Age.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
'[.] this nuanced and well-researched study demonstrates the merits of using popular dance as a gateway into British social and cultural history.'
Laura Quinton, New York University, Twentieth Century British History, 2018
'Drawing upon a fascinating range of source material (including autobiographies, Mass Observation, and the trade press), she tackles a series of complex issues, and advances a number of intriguing, important, and convincing arguments.'
Canadian Journal of History
'Dancing in the English Style breaks new ground in many areas [.and] is a detailed, well-written, and comprehensive account of its subject.'
Journal of British Studies -- .