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I could always find a dance. Those wonderful WVS ladies made our leave very enjoyable, I remember them with love. They danced my feet off for a change.
A Morale Booster Today's generation have no idea what part the dance halls played in keeping up morale during the war. Every town and village had a hall where dancing could take place. The bigger dance halls had orchestras, the smaller ones had a three piece band or records, sometimes only a piano. In the large halls you danced on sprung floors, or at least highly polished and prepared floors.
In small halls it was plank floors with nails sticking up or concrete with linoleum squares glued down. Any kind of footwear would do, but some had dancing pumps and others wore what they had down to hob nail boots - this would be frowned on if it was a polished floor. Most people could dance, after a fashion, and get round a room without crippling their partners for life: The lights, the music and the company let you forget the misery, austerity and danger of the war for a few short hours.
You could live your dreams in a make-believe world on a par with a Hollywood film. I lived for dancing, young as I was.
Dad said I would have danced on the pigsty roof if he had played the music - too true. Where most lads saw dancing as a means to an end, to me dancing was the end, the girls were the means. My Personal Story of the Ballroom At ageI had been given an insight into the wonder and splendour of the dance hall.
Mother and Dad were competition dancers at a time when money or gifts could be won. They had different partners for the competitions and we had a house full of prizes of various kinds they had won. As the babysitter was loathe to look after me I was a bit of a handful, she saidI was dressed up and taken to the local Co-op.
I would sit quietly and take it all in, overawed by the combined beauty of the music, lights and swirling dancers in their multi-coloured flowing dresses.
That was the ladies, of course - the men wore sober suits or tuxedos. I would be taken home at the interval by a lady living near by and went to bed without argument to dream. I had found my Arabian Nights.
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All my life I never failed to be amazed at the splendour and ambience of those large halls. The high, often domed ceiling, with masses of spotlights that changed colour as they turned.
The huge mirrored ball with the spotlight in each corner of the room shining on it as it turned, casting scattered beams of moonlight on the dancers as the main lights dimmed to a soft haze. The coloured spotlights would weave among the dancers, wrapping them in a warm ethereal glow as it passed and I would be transported - it was wonder indeed.
Most halls had plush settees along the walls, with a scattering of tables and chairs. One end would be a standing area and the other end taken up by the stage. We had some large dance bands in some of those halls, the players would come on stage in their tuxedos and the Prima Donna Band Leader would stand up front.
He waved his arms about, did his little dance steps and sang the odd song, smiling all the while at the ladies passing. Whether the players took notice of him was another matter - he was part of the whole kaleidoscope of music, lights and swirling dancers.
During those early days of watching, I was often taken on the floor by ladies during the interval between competitions.
I was quite tall and a quick learner, so I could soon do most of the old-fashioned dances, as they were called. In the interval, records would be played of the modern dances, so I got a feeling for the quickstep, waltz and foxtrot.
It got to a point where I did not sit many of the dances out, so it was an early learning curve without doubt. After organising the program with the leader of the four-piece band I would stand on the stage and announce the dances.
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