Taxi Dance
Frank Pierce
In the 1930's and 1940's, some amusement-oriented businesses were termed "taxi-dance halls". These were, I think, places where people went to dance, meet people, listen to music, etc.

What did the term "taxi" mean and how did they differ from famous dance halls like Rose Room, etc.?

Lewis Joplin II
TAXI DANCER -- "The first 'taximeter motor cab' appeared on the streets of New York on October 25, 1907...By 1929 there were 29,000 taxis in New York (more than twice as many as today) and 'taxi' had taken on the connotation of 'hired'; thus 'taxi dancer' was in the language by the mid 1930s." Taximeter came from 'taximetre,' tariff meter, originally coined by a French company that made meters for horse-drawn cabs. From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982).

10 CENTS A DANCE
(Words : Lorenz Hart - Music : Richard Rodgers) Ruth Etting - 1930

Ten cents a dance, that's what they pay me
Gosh, how they weigh me down
Ten cents a dance, pansies and rough guys
Tough guys who tear my gown
Seven to midnight I hear drums
Loudly the saxophone blows
Trumpets are tearing my eardrums
Customers crush my toes
Sometimes I think I've found my hero
But it's a queer romance
All that you need is a ticket
Come on, big boy, ten cents a dance!

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