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
- Edith Piaf - La java de cézigue, 1936
- Georgette Plana - La Java bleue, 1938
- Darcelys - Une partie de pétanque, 1941
- Edith Piaf - L'Accordéoniste, 1942
- Boris Vian - La Java des bombes atomiques, 1955
- Léo Ferré - Java partout, 1957
- Claude Nougaro - Le Jazz et la Java, 1962
- Serge Gainsbourg - La Javanaise, 1963
- Michel Sardou - La Java de Broadway, 1977
- Henri Joannis Deberne, Danser en société, Christine Bonneton editor, 3/1999, Paris ISBN 2-86253-229-0 p. 144-145