A stiff waxed canvas dancing cloth strained over the drawing-room carpet was considered sufficient, rather than taking up the carpet and waxing the floor in preparation for dancing.
The Very Gay and Interesting History of the Almost Lost Tradition of the Sunday Tea Dance
A single woman would volunteer to dance in a circle of guys to circumvent the laws. If you have Sunday Fundays and can be gay and free. Byit was noted that "[a]fternoon dances are seldom given in London, but are a popular form of entertainment in the suburbs, in garrison-towns, watering-places, etc. That history can never be repeated along with the creativity and energy that my generation created. Oh, the fun I had. Tea dances are a common cultural reference in early 20th-century British and American fiction as a staple of genteel society, where people normally attend these receptions while visiting resort towns, especially coastal ones such as Brightonthe HamptonsProvincetownor Ogunquit.