Story: Nightclubs

Dancing the night away, 1869

Dancing in the 1860s could be a vigorous and tiring romp. This 1869 cartoon contrasts the experiences of a young lady and her partner. She is in raptures: 'Oh Maria dear, I have had such a delightful galop! And Mr Hard-up is such a capital dancer. I declare that when he was whirling me round the room I felt just like a little bird.' He, on the other hand, tells a friend, ‘Oh my poor arm, it’s nearly off.'

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Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Origins and development of nightclubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013