Mainly performed in French bal-musette between 1910 and 1960, the dance was largely conceived due to popular demand for a new type of waltz. In particular, one which was easier, faster, more sensual, and would not require a dance hall as large as those typically used for waltzes.
Java takes the form of a fast waltz, with the dancers dancing very close to one another, taking small steps to advance. Men will often place both their hands on their partner's buttocks while dancing. Naturally, this led some of the more respectable bal-musette dance halls banning java.
- Georgius - La plus bath des javas, 1925
- Alibert and Gaby Sims - Un petit cabanon, 1935
- Darcelys - Une partie de pétanque, 1941
- Claude Nougaro - Le Jazz et la Java, 1962
- Georgette Plana - La Java bleue, 1938
- Edith Piaf - L'Accordéoniste, 1942 :
- Elle écoute la Java (She listens to the Java)
- Mais elle ne la danse pas (but she doesn't dance)
- Elle ne regarde même pas la piste (She doesn't even look at the dance floor)
- Henri Joannis Deberne, Danser en société, Christine Bonneton editor, 3/1999, Paris ISBN 2-86253-229-0 p. 144-145
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