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  • May Christians dance?


  • This is a typical example of the antidance literature that was published during the nineteenth century. Although Brookes provides a weak defense of dancing, his final conclusion is that the large assemblies, indelicate dressing, "unwarrantable freedom of intercourse between the sexes," as well as uncontrolled excitement, leads to a thorough worldliness and, ultimately, to the forgetfulness of God. The manual was reissued in the 1890s under the title The modern dance.


  • Brookes, James H. (James Hall), 1830-1897

Created / Published

  • St. Louis, J. W. McIntyre, 1869.


  • -  Dance--Religious aspects
  • -  Antidance Literature


  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.


  • 143 p. 16 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1741 .B8

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 22004142

Online Format

  • image

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Video Performers

Performers for the October 1997 Great Hall event: Dancers

Members of The Jonquil Street Foundation, Inc. Ariane Anthony, Thomas Baird, Barbara Barr, Patricia Beaman, Christopher Caines, Charles Garth, James Martin, Maris Wolff. Musicians - members of The Library of Congress Centennial Cotillion Brass Band, Emerson Head and Robert Sheldon, Leaders (Members, Metro Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, AFM.)

Performers for the Coolidge Auditorium clips: Dancers

Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird. Musicians - Boris Gurevitch (piano), Susan Manus (violin).

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Brookes, James H. May Christians dance?. St. Louis, J. W. McIntyre, 1869. Image.

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Brookes, J. H. (1869) May Christians dance?. St. Louis, J. W. McIntyre. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Brookes, James H. May Christians dance?. St. Louis, J. W. McIntyre, 1869. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.