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May I have the pleasure?

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May I have the pleasure?
Additional title: May I have the pleasure (Television program)
Quirey, Belinda (Conceptor)
Smedley, Ronald (Producer)
London Contemporary Dance Theatre (Dancer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1976
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8726
Social dancing
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Statement of responsibility: Subtitle: The story of popular dance for a thousand years. Excerpts of a five-part series produced by the BBC television entitled, May I have the pleasure? Producer: Ronald Smedley. Series devised by Belinda Quirey. Narrator: Martin Jarvis.
Creation/production credits: Some dances staged by Karen Rabinowitz. Music: arranged by Jonathan Cohen. Costumes: Pat Fisher. Some sections performed by members of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Performers: Dances performed (in excerpts) include: Basse danse, Galliard, Courante, Loure, Gigue, Parson's farewell, Minuet, The Scotch measure, Waltz, Ländler, Le pantalon, Polka, Schottische, The Boston, Tango, One-step, Bunny Hug, Kangaroo, Grizzly bear, Turkey trot, Fox trot, Twist, Robot, Cha-cha.
Content: Brief film excerpts show Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rudolph Valentino, and Irene and Vernon Castle dancing.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (82 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary account of social dancing from the early Renaissance to the 1970's. Includes film sequences from newsreels and motion pictures, historical prints, demonstrations of dances of different eras, and brief discussions on social dance.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY847040879-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160723
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 281982d0-88c7-0138-a292-53b6644cff78
Rights Statement
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  • 1976: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
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  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "May I have the pleasure?" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/ec8eb341-4f18-4ab3-a03a-49deb5572df1

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "May I have the pleasure?" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 13, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/ec8eb341-4f18-4ab3-a03a-49deb5572df1

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). May I have the pleasure? Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/ec8eb341-4f18-4ab3-a03a-49deb5572df1

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May I have the pleasure?