Be the Belle of the Antebellum Ball!
Mid-19th Century Dances
You know how to dress
for a Victorian Ball,
but do you know how to dance?
video clip below features a pair of dancers performing specific
dances or movements from selected dance manuals in the Library of Congress collection. From
these videos, we have
chosen the most popular mid-19th century Victorian dances and provided
links to the pages in the 19th century dance manuals that discuss that
So gather-up your dancing shoes and be
prepared to dance!
MID- 19TH CENTURY DANCES
Waltz: DANCE MANUAL: From The Drawing-room Dances, p. 26
Polka: DANCE MANUAL: From The Art of Dancing, p. 144-145
DANCE MANUAL: A Complete Practical Guide to the Art
of Dancing, p. 173-174
Schottisch: DANCE MANUAL: From The Art of Dancing, p. 146-147
Zingirella: DANCE MANUAL: From A Complete Practical
Guide to the Art of Dancing, p. 188