1913: Pastor Fixes Rules in Dancing Pavilion

Middletown, Conn., June 24.–Hoping to stem the tide of the popularity of the “turkey trot” and other modern dances, the Rev. George B. Gilbert, rector of the Maromas Episcopal Church, has leased the dancing pavilion at Lakeview Park, a popular resort here, and will conduct it as a model dance hall during the summer.

Leading society women from the city are expected to chaperon the dances. Prominently posted about the hall are lists of 10 commandments for the dancers which Mr. Gilbert has prepared. Among them is one which provides that partners must dance with at least six inches of space between them.

From the Pawtucket Times (Pawtucket, Rhode Island), Tuesday, June 24, 1913.


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