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Ballroom Dance in Its Golden Age
Dance Chronicle  (IF),  Pub Date : 2019-05-04, DOI: 10.1080/01472526.2019.1624488
Gediminas Karoblis

Modern ballroom, a dance style that conquered the elites as well as the masses within the British Empire and beyond during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, has assumed a renewed popularity in contemporary culture. It is surprising, therefore, that there are so few scholarly accounts about its history. Allison Abra’s book, Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain 1918–50, helps to fill this gap by investigating the widespread acceptance of this form after the First World War. Abra discusses such topics as the construction of the numerous specialized dance halls for mass dancing, new style trends coming from America, and the resulting concern about British national identity among choreographers and dance managers within the modern ballroom dance industry. Abra arranges topics both historically and thematically, with the first two chapters covering the early period of the rise of popularity of modern dances and the negotiation of the modern ballroom style among professionals. In these chapters, Abra relies on, as her major source, the story told by Philip Richardson who was the editor and founder of Dancing Times and who led a small circle of professional ballroom dancers. Richardson and his cohort used the network of competitions and the dedicated print publications to standardize selected versions of fashionable dances. Chapters 3 through 5 focus on the perspectives of “consumers.” These amateurs of modern ballroom dancing were carried away by the dance craze of the day, and organized dancing networks within the chains of dance halls. Abra focuses particularly on Mecca, the largest of these halls. In these chapters, we encounter the ballroom dancers’ rising anxieties related to race, sexual