TO DANCE 'FN THE STYLE' IS FORBIDDEN

Author: Igor Moiseyev

TO DANCE 'FN THE STYLE' IS FORBIDDEN. (By U.S.S.R. People's Artist Igor Moiseyev. Izvestia, April 29, p. 6. Complete text:) Categoricalness and Life.-The announcement was imperative; "Dancing 'in the Style' Is Forbidden." Those who disregarded this compulsory directive were ushered out of the district House of Culture. People's volunteers, militiamen, well-meaning guardians of the morality and chastity of the modern ballroom-all were mobilized and thrown into the struggle against "the style." Nevertheless, there was confusion, albeit unexpected. Among those who had come to the club dance hall, many did not know at all what "the style" was. But the above-mentioned ban, hung up for all to see and endowed with all the qualities of a visual agitation poster, performed its lofty mission. It got people interested. It hit the

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mark squarely, and it was effective. All the uninitiated immediately decided to learn about "the style." Young people are curious these days. "I want to know everything" is their motto. Moreover, their energy and intellect drive them toward independence in thought and judgment. This inherent inclination cannot be disregarded. Even in such apparently harmless things as the above-mentioned club announcement, we must perceive the possible consequences of its foolishly imperative tone: We forbid you to dance in "the style."

Til see for myself!" the young person says, and he tries to learn what it is all about (no, not to fight against it), to become familiar with it and to master it.

It turns out that "the style" has its deep roots, its genesis and even its geography.

When I was in Lebanon, I wanted to live as far as possible from the Europeanized center of Beirut: I wanted quiet, the necessary condition for work. I thought that the Biarritz Hotel, located on the outskirts, washed by the sea and surrounded ...

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