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Dance History
This was the dance the Hobart College _Herald_ disgustedly called
a "syncopated embrace." And the Cincinnati _Catholic Telegraph_
wrote: "The music is sensous, the embracing of partners--the
female only half-dressed--is absolutely indecent; and the
motions--they are such as may not be described, with any respect
for propriety, in a family newspaper. Suffice it to say that
there are certain houses appropriate for such dances; but those
houses have been closed by law."
In the 1920s, this "new style of dancing" was denounced in
"family" publications as "impure, polluting, corrupting,
debasing, destroying spirituality, increasing carnality," and
decent folk were called upon to "raise the spiritual tone of
these dreadful young people."
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