Today lovelies, I simply MUST show you this!! It's a real hoot!
Betty White's Teen-Age Dance Book:
No, not THAT Betty White...although that would have made it even jollier! No, apparently, this Betty White was a dance teacher in New York in the fifties. The edition of the book I have is from 1958, and unfortunately in quite bad condition. But nevertheless it's still a great read and actually has some fantastic information in it! It tells you anything you could want to know about going to a dance from what to wear and how to act, to the actual dances themselves! It's a treasure trove for a vintage fashionista who also loves to dance! Here's some scans:
Here's a fun clip I found on Youtube!
As for the party itself, Betty suggests you be sure to do 'a last minute checkup for needles and an adequate supply of records'. And to also 'keep a supply on hand of more sentimental, croony numbers as conversation pieces. After all, your friends will want to sit down once in a while.' It also reminds you to have a place 'where girls can leave their wraps'.
I may post a few more of these dances later on, as I think they're terrific!