HUNGARY: Lockstep

The Budapest monthly Muvelt Nep (Cultured People) laid out for its readers the Hungarian Communist line on dancing. The waltz and polka are "traditionally democratic." The tango, fox trot and English waltz, though "reflections of the capitalist decline . . . cannot be classed with American dances. They may now be danced with taste." But the samba, swing, boogie-woogie, rumba, conga and the like "are tools of aggression let loose by the bosses of America against human culture and progress."

However, warned Muvelt Nep: Hungarian youth need not react by dancing "in overalls and with a hammer clenched in the...

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