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Re: Dance on a dime

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on February 03, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Dance on a dime posted by ESC 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

: -charted at #5

: 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...

Bedford Falls would've had a lot of "Dime-a-Dance" establishments if George Bailey had never been born. You can see them as George frantically runs down Main St. on Christmas Eve in It's a Wonderful Life .