FRANCE: La Chamberlaine

From Paris last week came descriptions of the latest French dance craze, known as La Chamberlaine. On the dance floor a lone man with an umbrella on his arm picks out a girl with whom he would like to dance, hooks her partner's arm with the umbrella, and whirls away with the girl, leaving the umbrella on the arm of the victim. The dispossessed dancer then repeats the process. French couples enjoyed the Hitleresque fun of giving the man with the umbrella the runaround, leaving him embarrassed and puzzled.


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