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Going to the Palais: A Social And Cultural History of Dancing and Dance Halls in Britain, 1918–1960

James Nott


From the mid-1920s, the dance hall occupied a pivotal place in the culture of working- and lower-middle-class communities in Britain—a place rivalled only by the cinema and eventually to eclipse even that institution in popularity. This book examines the history of this vital social and cultural institution, exploring the dances, dancers, and dance venues at the heart of one of twentieth-century Britain’s most significant leisure activities. Going to the Palais explores the expansion of the dance hall industry and the development of a mass audience for dancing, both a result of social and econ ... More

Keywords: dance hall, dancing, palais de danse, Mecca, Carl Heimann

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Nott, author
Lecturer in Modern History, University of St Andrews