Dances of the Turn of the Century . . . 1900

This illustrated lecture discusses the history, social influences, etiquette, and types of dances popular at the turn of the nineteenth century. It explains the origins and social significance of balls and the str ict etiquette required to attend them. It describes how ball cards developed, what the role of the host and hostess were, and how all social classes joined the ball scene, however well separated! After the lecture all dances discussed are demonstrated pas-de-deux or en group. Dance demonstrations include: Target audience: General audience. People interested in social dancing, history, historical societies and historical sites, colleges, universities, cruise ships, etc.

Cast of "Gilded Dancers in a Gilded Palace."
Historic Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY. February 26, 2000

Below, each dance is briefly explained:

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