What Is A Flannel Dance?

I came across a reference on Trove to a Flannel Dance so I googled it to find out what it was.  There are a number of references to Flannel Dances but no explanation of what one was.    This dance was part of the Royal Life Saving Society of South Australia’s activities and was in The Advertiser newspaper on 14 Dec 1934.  One of the Google search results did refer to Flannel Dances as a 1930s phenomena.

Does anyone know what a Flannel Dance was?

Flannel Dance Christmas Eve




I received a very quick reply to this post yesterday via Michelle on Google Plus.

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2 thoughts on “What Is A Flannel Dance?

  • November 25, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Re the Flannel Dance, there is an article on Trove in The Chronicle SA dated the 27/9/1919, page 50 which explains the origins. And yes put simply it means after work/play you don’t need to go home and change to your dancing attire. The English men wore their “flannels” from tennis or rowing straight to the dance and women their ‘day’ clothes.
    I finally found it tonight after much searching as I came across the term while researching and ancestor. regards

    • November 25, 2021 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Christine
      Thanks for your further explanation of a Flannel Dance. It sounds sensible to me that for some dances you didn’t have to get dressed up in your best clothes.


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