The main meaning which is sometimes given to dances is ‘soul-making’. So, for example, a person may perform two or three different dances during the ‘dance’ that they are having with a friend and then tell the family to join in. They might join in with another song, dance around the house, or they may even try to sing a new song! This is where society gives us more of an idea of an event: a dance (i.e. the ‘soul-making’) and its related meaning of ‘soul-making’.
How have the social dances originated?
The term ‘soul-making’ was coined by the French sociologists of the 18th century, François de La Tour and Pierre Chretien. The word is often translated into English as ‘song and dance’. However, it was clearly intended to apply to the musical and physical dance performances of the period of the 18th and 19th centuries. For example, one of the things that Chretien, and others, had in mind when they used the term ‘soul-making’ was the singing performances that were popular at the time. However, it is clear that these performances were also not restricted to the theatre!
When Chretien came across the story of a dancer from the south of France who came to London to entertain a gentleman, he found that the dancer was not performing any dance, rather she was performing a series of songs. Chretien was quite taken by the dancing. So after investigating further, he came to the conclusion that there must be something else going on within these people’s behaviour, i.e. that they were engaging in soul-making. Chretien thought that when a dancer was engaging in soul-making, they moved differently to others: they stood up more, made more noise, danced their dances much louder, looked into each other’s eyes before they made any noise at all; they looked more at one another and moved faster, and they moved closer to one another, both of them. These dances led the dancers to feel connected with their friends and neighbours. Chretien’s research was later extended and his ideas were adopted by the English sociologist William Thomas-Humphreys, who coined the term ‘soul-making’ to describe the way in which people with a particular social status and behaviour were engaging in social dance.
By the 19th century the dances that were popular in the early 19th century gradually became more
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