Dancing was a popular activity in the modern city. Men would frequent dance halls where women, known as “taxi dancers,” would sit in chairs along the walls waiting to be “hired.” Dances were often short, about three minutes, and the male patrons would buy tickets that they would exchange for a dance. As the city and country mobilized for total war, frivolous pastimes such as dancing increasingly came under threat from government authorities. The dance halls were ordered to shut on November 1, 1940. Kageyama records the frenetic activity on the floor the previous evening.
Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015
men; women; dance; recreation; leisure; interiors; musical instruments; soldiers; wars
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