The Historian: Pennsylvania Dutch Dance – ‘Tavern Frolics’

 

The German and Swiss immigrants who settled here in the 18th century brought with them a tradition of lively and exuberant dancing. Although seldom noted or written about, in the early days the Pennsylvania Dutch danced at almost every excuse. Apparently, the village tavern was the scene of some wild nights. However, by the latter part of the 19th century dancing in its earlier forms seemed to have been suppressed – no doubt by Victorian mores, the spreading temperance movement and the relentless criticism from the pulpit.

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