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May I Have the Pleasure?, Paperback / softback Book

May I Have the Pleasure? Paperback / softback


This book sets out to trace the development of our social dancing from its origins in the ancient ring dances of antiquity to teenager's beat dancing.

From the invention of the couple dance by the Troubadors of Provence, through the domination of the Italian, the English and the French courts to the French Revolution and then on to the most shocking dance ever known to Western man, the Waltz.

Eighty years later, and the syncopated beat of ragtime leads us to the age of the Foxtrot and the Quickstep - until Bill Haley starts to play and Elvis moves his pelvis ...This is not a look at how to dance but what people danced, and why.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 128 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ballroom dancing
  • ISBN: 9781852731601



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