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Re: Dance on a dime

Posted by ESC on February 03, 2005

In Reply to: Dance on a dime posted by Ridgerunner on February 03, 2005

: Does anyone know the meaning of the phrase to "dance on a dime." I recall my gradfather telling me that during WWII young couples would "dance on a dime"--menaing that the dance floor was too crowded to have much room to dance and so the couples would hold each other close with the man's left arm and woman's right arm folded tightly into the man's chest as the couple held hands.

: Does this sound right to anyone? Thanks.

Sounds OK to me. And speaking of 10 cents:

Ten Cents A Dance
Ruth Etting
Words by Lorenz Hart and Music by Richard Rodgers

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Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me
Gosh, how they weigh me down
Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys
Tough guys who tear my gown...