Let's Dance!

Four programmes about party-going since the Edwardian era.

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Party etiquette has changed over the century, just like society itself.

Gone is the formality of the pre-World War I ball, with its hostesses, chaperones and formalised conventions.

By the 1930s, things were more informal, and party-goers were expected to do just as they pleased.

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Party etiquette has changed over the century, just like society itself.

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Party etiquette has changed over the century, just like society itself.

But though the music might change, the dancing goes on.

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How present-day parties compare with the balls of the past.