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19th Century Dance Instruction - Be the Belle of the Antebellum Ball!   

 

BALLROOM

[Image: Lavish ballroom at the Hay House, once the most prominent dwelling in central Georgia. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. ]

 

You know how to dress for a Victorian Ball, but do you know how to dance?

 

BALLROOM DANCINGEach video clip link below features a pair of dancers performing specific dances or movements from select Victorian dance manuals in the Library of Congress collection. From these videos, we have chosen the most popular mid-19th century Victorian dances and also provided links to the pages in the 19th century dance manuals that discuss that particular dance. (Videos work best in Internet Explorer)

So gather-up your dancing shoes and be prepared to dance!

 

Waltz

Dance Video: Mid-nineteenth century Waltz, also known as La valse à trois temps. Reconstructed by Elizabeth Aldrich. Performed by Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird; Boris Gurevich, piano. Music: "Waltz aus der oper "La Sonnombula" in A collection of dance music, waltzes, galops, polkas, polonaises, marches, etc., arranged in most part from operas by German and French composers, Mainz: B. Sohne. View MPEG Version

Dance Manual: From The Drawing-room Dances, p. 26

 

Polka

Dance Video: Reconstructed by Elizabeth Aldrich. Performed by Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird, dancers; Susan Manus, violin. Music: "Sontag Polka" in The social orchestra by Stephen Foster, New York: Firth, Pond, 1854. View MPEG Version

Dance Manual: From The Art of Dancing, p. 144-145

 

Varsovienne

Dance Video: Reconstructed by Elizabeth Aldrich. Performed by Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird, dancers; Boris Gurevich, piano. Music: "Violet Waltz," by R. Albert, New York: W. C. Peters and Sons, 1850. View MPEG Version

Dance Manual: A Complete Practical Guide to the Art of Dancing, p. 173-174

 

Schottisch

Dance Video: Reconstructed by Elizabeth Aldrich. Performed by Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird, dancers; Susan Manus, violin. Music: "Rainbow Schottisch" in The social orchestra by Stephen Foster, New York: Firth, Pond, 1854. View MPEG Version

Dance Manual: From The Art of Dancing, p. 146-147

 

Zingirella

Dance Video: Reconstructed by Elizabeth Aldrich. Performed by Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird, dancers; Boris Gurevich, piano. Music: "The Original Mazurka, and Cellarius Waltze," by Jullien, London: Jullien and Co., 184-. View MPEG Version
Dance Manual: From  A Complete Practical Guide to the Art of Dancing, p. 188

 

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Victorian Ball

It was in the ballroom that Victorian society was on its best behavior. Do you know how to dress and behave at a Victorian ball? Find out here.