An effort is made in this article to position dance events in the social context of the 19th century, which was rich in major political changes and endeavours. The author monitors organised Zagreb dance socials from their first recorded appearances and their later penetration into Zagreb social life. She tries to establish who the organisers of the dance events were, from the initial individuals to the various subsequent institutions and societies. The frequency in organising and holding dance socials was primarily linked with long-term efforts to seek out and make relevant appropriate dance venues. During the period of Illyrian ideas and strivings, dance halls became one of the very important places where the Illyrians gathered and one of the factors in promoting their ideas. The dance socials were open to all and resulted in intensive association between all the classes and strata of urban society. Aimed at stimulating the awakening of national awareness, the music and dance content at the dance halls was altered.