"Dance Halls and Dancing Schools [in 1920s Manchester]
"In the first half of [the 20th] century dancers throughout the
Manchester area were well provided for, with splendid ballrooms
and dance halls, and many excellent dancing schools, where dancing
could be enjoyed six nights a week.
The Ritz on Whitworth Street West was the best known. It was mainly
frequented by first class dancers who were assured of finding good
partners, or they could engage one of the professional partners at
sixpence a dance. Most people learnt the basic steps at their local
dance hall before becoming confident enough to set foot in the Ritz.
"Other than Finnigan's [est.1877],
Cadman's [est. 1903] on Ashfield Road, Sale,
is the oldest surviving dance hall."