The dance culture was an incredible way for Jewish youth from around Maine and New England to get together in a setting that is much more conducive to flirtation. Also, dances provided a way for men and women to invite other teens they knew to social events and set up their friends on blind dates. Dances held by specific clubs also aided in increasing the membership rates as well, adding to the venues by which Jewish youth could socialize with one another.
Quotes from letters to Theodore N. Levine of Waterville, Maine (courtesy of Special Collections at the Miller Library of Colby College):
A girl from South Gardiner whom I know pretty well is going to live in Waterville soon. She is going to move in about a week or two. Her name is Natalie […] She goes to grammar school but she is some lass. A good dancer, about 15 years old. Wears a red had and a rubber raincoat, most of the time. There that is a good description of her… Keep your eyes open and you will find her, she will go to every dance in Waterville most likely.
– Excerpt from a letter to Teddy Levine from Walter J. Gingron, Feb. 19, 1911
I have an invitation to go to the charity ball on March 14 but the fellow! Ach! Nix the glow worm Teddy. I told this fellow that I would not be in town… I never go to every Tom, Dick or Harry dance. I only go to nice dances given by Jewish clubs.
– Excerpt from a letter to Teddy Levine from Molly Zeitman, Feb. 25, 1912
- Postcard to Teddy Levine from Everett Reed, Feb. 14, 1913