A Victorian Ball
It was in the ballroom that Victorian society was on its best behavior. Everything there was regulated according to the strictest code of good-breeding, and as any departure from this code became a grave offense, it was indispensable that the etiquette of the Victorian ballroom was thoroughly mastered.When introduced to a lady, a Victorian gentleman was particular about how he asked her to dance. When a Victorian gentleman danced with a lady to whom he was a stranger, he was cautious in his conversation. When the music ended, he bowed to his partner, presented his right arm, and led her to her seat. Learn what to wear and how to behave at a Victorian Ball.
Victorian Music Room
room should be furnished with a sympathetic understanding of
the art it represents. A large share of the distinctive quality that marks the interior of the Victorian music room depends on the selection of furniture. The placing of the piano is of importance, and the best rule to follow is that observed on the concert stage, where the soprano part of the keyboard is always toward the listeners. For protecting the polished surface of the lid an embroidered scarf may be laid upon it.The chairs should be well built and of various shapes and sizes. Tables should be distributed wherever they can be of service for holding books and music.
Victorian Dance Instruction
Be the belle of the antebellum ball! You know how to dress for a Victorian Ball, but do you know how to dance? View videos of the most popular mid-19th century Victorian dances and explore the period dance manuals.
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals
A collection of over two hundred social dance manuals. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette.