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Archive for Sunday, February 13, 2011

100 years ago: ‘Fancy dancing’ now part of women’s phys ed course at KU

February 13, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 13, 1911:

  • “Fancy dancing is now a required part of the work in physical education at the University of Kansas. Young women in the freshman and sophomore classes must be able to disport themselves in a graceful fashion over the waxed floor of Robinson gymnasium before they are accorded credits in their course in manual training. But do not gather the idea from this, that the girls are taught the proper way to two-step and waltz, to trip the ‘light fantastic’ barn dance or avoid missteps in the fascinating schottische. Not a bit of it. Popular dances are not on the dancing ‘menu’ at K.U. ‘We are teaching the girls the folk dances of the peasantry in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, principally,’ said Miss Mary C. Fish, professor of physical education.”
  • “Recently a story of how two college students lived on $1.25 a week was given great publicity over the state, but they did not begin to approach the record established by one couple in town who for six months has lived on $3 each or slightly less than 10 cents a day. The man is 98 years old and totally blind. His wife is past 80 and barely able to hobble about and wait on the querulous old man. Yet she is the most economical of all the city’s unfortunate.”

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