My second Punch cartoon is from 1925. The cartoonist is Lewis Baumer, again. He seems to have been interested in dancing. His drawings are very lively and believable.
My photograph of the book is pretty poor, here, but I think you can get the gist. The title reads:
ALL THINGS TO ALL RANKS - How to dance with ...
And the captions are, in ascending order of officer seniority: top left, "A Subaltern", top right "A Captain", bottom left "A Major", and bottom right "A Colonel". The same young woman is shown dancing with each.
|All Things To All Ranks - Punch, 1925|
There are four quite different frames or embraces here. The woman has a practical and adaptable range of skills for social following - perhaps exaggerated, since that's the point of the cartoon. Of course, she's generally adapting her posture and behaviour in relation to which of the men could be regarded as possible mates, but a big part of how that manifests itself is the couple's choice of dance technique. (My impressions are that the subaltern is a plausible mate of her own age; the captain is not impossible, but competence and acquitting herself well are the main concerns; an certain modesty is required with the major, who is not suitable; but the colonel is senior enough that a daughterly or granddaughterly affection is wholly appropriate). [Update: see comments for some interesting remarks on expectations of behaviour for the men, by an anonymous commenter described as an active army officer.]
There's nothing to tell me whether these four pictures represent different 'dances' - likely to be chosen by military officers of different seniority to dance with such a young lady - or not. But I take this cartoon as evidence that this practical and adaptable range of skills was quite widespread in the level of society accustomed to read Punch. I wonder whether the technique and the content of specific dances for specific kinds of music were so strongly differentiated in 1925 as they later became.