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Old 01-12-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I am 40. I have only heard the term "dance card" in movies, and it always used in the context of a woman who has been around the block or is loose/promiscuous.
LOL, no. If someone wanted to dance with you during the evening at a sponsored dance or party, the young men would request a dance by writing their name on your dance card. That's how my mom and dad met. It was a Red Cross sponsored dance during WWII in England. I think dad was gone hook, line and sinker from the moment he laid eyes on her. It took him a while to convince her that she wanted to marry a foreigner and move to another country.
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Old 01-13-2015, 02:50 AM
 
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I remember them. They were still occasionally used when I was in school, primarily for cotillions.

For those that don't know: Syracuse University Archives: Exhibits - “From the Waltz to the Jitterbug”: Dances at Syracuse University, 11900-1960 - What's a Dance Card?
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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LOL, no. If someone wanted to dance with you during the evening at a sponsored dance or party, the young men would request a dance by writing their name on your dance card. That's how my mom and dad met. It was a Red Cross sponsored dance during WWII in England. I think dad was gone hook, line and sinker from the moment he laid eyes on her. It took him a while to convince her that she wanted to marry a foreigner and move to another country.
That sounds like my parents story except it was in Australia. I think my dad fell in love with her on sight too. She was 15 and had LONG natural platinum blonde hair. He told his friends he was "going to marry her someday". Five years later she came to the US and married him. They weren't at a dance though. They were just walking down the street.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Aw, my grandmother used to talk about her dance hall days all the time. She met her first husband at a dance where he asked for her card and proceeded to put his name on every line. He didn't even know her name. They were married a few months later. He was a cop, and sadly was killed in a motorcycle accident while on duty less than a year later. She remained single for more than 10 years before finding a new love (my grandfather).
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Yes, I know what you mean. But in high school no one ever filled them out. It was just a memento given out to the attendees and got stuck into a scrap book.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:12 PM
 
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I am in my 60's and in high school we still had them. I wonder if any high school student today would know what they are?

Yes, I have very fond memories of dance cards. Thanks so much for this thread.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I remember them. They were still occasionally used when I was in school, primarily for cotillions.

For those that don't know: Syracuse University Archives: Exhibits - “From the Waltz to the Jitterbug”: Dances at Syracuse University, 11900-1960 - What's a Dance Card?
That is wonderful. Thanks.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Florida
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No and I am older than you.
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I'm turning fifty this week and I don't know what they are! LOL. I've heard of them but don't know what they actually were.
Yes, I think you would have just missed them. By the early 60s they were thought of as a charming thing from the past.

I wonder if they exist anymore, anywhere, at debutant, or other formal balls?
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Old 01-13-2015, 04:50 PM
 
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I dont attend dances anymore (sorry to say) but I have granddaughters who are into swing dancing and attend dances every week. They dont use dance cards and didnt even know what they are.
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