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Dancing in the English Style: Consumption, Americanisation and National Identity in Britain, 1918-50

Allison Abra


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 around the country. It focuses in particular on the relationship between two emerging commercial producers – the dance profession and dance hall industry – and the consumers who formed the dancing public. Together these groups negotiated ... More

Keywords: Dance, Popular culture, National identity, Commodification, Consumption, War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781784994334
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784994334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allison Abra, author
University of Southern Mississippi