Dance hall in its general meaning is a hall for dancing. From the earliest years of the twentieth century until the early 1960s, the dance hall was the popular forerunner of the discothèque or nightclub. The majority of towns and cities in the West had at least one dance hall, and almost always featured live musicians playing a range of music from strict tempo ballroom dance music to big band, swing and jazz. One of the most famous dance hall musicians was Glenn Miller.
Other structural forms of dance halls include the dance pavilion which has a roof but no walls, and the open-air platform which has no roof or walls. The open air nature of the dance pavilion was both a feature and a drawback. The taxi dance hall is a dance hall with a specific arrangement, wherein the patrons hire hall employees to dance with them.
Starting in the early 1930s, The Savoy, a dance hall in Harlem (an African-American neighborhood in New York City) was the first truly integrated building in the United States — for both the dancers and the musicians. "We didn't care about the color of your skin. All we wanted to know was: Can you dance?"
The early days of rock n' roll were briefly played out in dance halls until they were superseded by nightclubs.
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... on the lower floor, and the Palais Royale dance hall on the upper floor ... The dance hall took over the whole building ... During the era of the amusement park, the dance hall operated as a nightclub with nightly live music along with special engagements from musicians such as Count ...
... her widows weeds until Duggan's death, and that she would dance on his grave ... In 1887, when a conman tricked several dance hall girls into buying fake jewelry, Duggan hunted the man down, beat him, then made him return all the money he had taken, using the ... in court to face the charges along with a string of dance hall girls as witnesses ...
... to all students and is divided into a large study hall, two art rooms and two science labs ... a small auditorium, four science labs, a small cafeteria, the agora, the study hall, the BiblioTEC and the art rooms ... along with a gymnasium, a music room, a classroom for Académie Sports et Arts Élite, a dance hall and a student lounge ...
... In 1925 it was converted into a dance hall known as the Tottenham Palais and became a popular jazz venue ... a well-known photograph in Picture Post of a group of Teddy Boys in the dance hall ... communities and the Royal was host to regular soul and reggae nights as the dance hall became a focal point for local black youths (along with Club Noreik at Ward’s ...
... In Sweden and Finland, open air dance pavilions have been used mostly in summer, but especially in Finland some have also been built to be used throughout the year ... Especially formerly the dance pavilions were often built at sites with beautiful landscape, for example by the lakes ...
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“Harvey: Youre a hell of a lot younger than I am. And youre a dancer.
Gillian: Im a singer.
Harvey: Well, you dance around when you sing.”
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