Dating back to the mid-1930s, the Palais Glide is an English sequence dance performed in lines of couples — an early, swing-era "line dance" of sorts.
Danced in lines (of couples or dancers), as illustrated above, with arms linked behind, facing LOD around the room.
Here's newsreel footage from 1938, showing dancers at the Locarno Dance Hall dancing the Palais Glide:
Here's another video, and a picture of (an exaggerated version of) the lean forward.
Many different songs were recommended for the Palais Glide, and pretty much anything in 4/4 time with eight bar phrases will do.
The Original Palais Glide (1935) gives a medley of The Palais Glide, Little Brown Jug, and Waiting at the Church, providing these lyrics:
Learn to do the Palais GlideThe Original Palais Glide (1938) gives a nine-song medley "Poor Little Angeline," "Rusty and Dusty," "Old Folks at Home," "The Sunset Trail," "Loch Lomond," "Pop Goes the Weasel," "The Miller's Daughter Marianne," "Il Trovatore," and "Ten Pretty Girls."
All together side by side.
It's as easy as can be,
All you've got to do is take your step from me!
So come and do the Palais Glide,
You'll be happy when you've tried;
Once you start you'll want to go on forever
Swaying in the Palais Glide!
Thanks to Richard Powers and Susan de Guardiola, whose own detailed descriptions and teachings of the Palais Glide I have drawn from in creating this page.
© 2015 Nick Enge
For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.
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