Monday, January 7, 2013

1913 - BANNED: FoxTrot & Tango at Annapolis

The Washington Times
January 7 1913

MIDDIES ARE SAD!
BAN IS ON "TROTS"
AT ACADEMY HOPS
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Annapolis Officials Rule
Dances Must be Positively Proper---
So There!
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The iron hand of naval discipline has invaded the ball room, and the Annapolis midshipman is indignant today over the infringement of his rights.  Here are some of the stern rules that invite his wrath:

None of the modern trots and tangos are to be danced under any circumstances.

The midshipmen must keep their left arms straight during all dances.

A space of at least three inches must be kept between the dancing couples at all times.

A midshipman must not take the arm of his partner under any circumstances.

The officials of the Annapolis Academy have promulgated these regulations for all dances at the school, and declare they will be strictly enforced.  The middies object to all of them, but particularly to the second, which, they say, enforces a constrained and tiresome position.


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