Sunday, May 29, 2016

Dancing, Which Is Now Profane, Was Once a Sacred Pastime (1834)

My Daughter's Book: Containing a Selection of Approved Readings in Literature, Science, and Art, Adapted to the Formation of the Character of Woman (London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1834), 241

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Before Her Highness, Surprising Feats of Agility in Goings, Turnings, Tumblings, Castings, Hops, Jumps, Leaps, Skips, Springs, Gambauds, Somersaults, Caprettings, and Flights Forward, Backward, Sideways, Downward, Upward, and with Sundry Windings, Gyrings, and Circumflections (1801)

Joseph Strutt, The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England: from the Earliest Period, Including the Rural and Domestic Recreations, May Games, Mummeries, Pageants, Processions and Pompous Spectacles Illustrated by Reproductions of Ancient Paintings in Which Are Represented Most of the Popular Diversions, A New Addition, Much Enlarged and Corrected by J. Charles Cox (London: Methuen and Company, 1801), 177.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

La Russe, or the Allies, at Tivoli (1898)

Gaston Vullier, Illustrated by Joseph Grego, History of Dancing from the Earliest Ages to Our Own Times (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1898), 315.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bohemian Polka (1890)

M.B. Gilbert, Round Dancing (Portland, Maine: M.B. Gilbert, 1890), 54.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Extended Arms and the Lady's Hand Grasping the Gentleman's Arm Are Not in Good Taste (1885)

Allen Dodsworth, Dancing and Its Relations to Education and Social Life: With a New Method of Instruction (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1885), 275.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

False Positions (1892)

Edward Scott, Dancing as an Art and Pastime (London: George Bell and Sons, 1892), 29.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sometimes the Jig is Danced Before the March (1864)

Thomas Hillgrove, A Complete Practical Guide to the Art of Dancing: Containing Descriptions of All Fashionable and Approved Dances, Full Directions for Calling the Figures, the Amount of Music Required; Hints on Etiquette, the Toilet, etc. (New York: Dick and Fitzgerald, 1864), 89.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Defects of the Physical Construction of the Bow-Legged and Close-Legged Dancer (1830)

C. Blasis, translated by R. Barton, The Code of Terpsichore: The Art of Dancing (London: Edward Bull, 1830), plate III.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Among the Most Important Rudiments of the Terpsichorean Art (1859)

Edward Ferrero, The Art of Dancing, Historically Illustrated: to Which Is Added a Few Hints on Etiquette; Also, the Figures, Music, and Necessary Instruction for the Performance of the Most Modern and Approved Dances, as Executed at the Private Academies of the Author (New York: Published by the Author, 1859), 118.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Familiarity Will Accustom the Limbs and Body to the Mechanism of the Steps (1914)

Troy and Margret West Kinney,  demonstrated by John Murray Anderson, Social Dancing To-Day (New York: Frederick Stokes Company, 1914), 6.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Then Every Man Began / to Foot It Round about / and Every Girl Did Jet It, Jet It, / Jet It in and out (1882)

Illustrated by G.A. Konstam, E. Cassella, and N. Cassella, The Maypole (London: Thomas De La Rue & Company, 1882), 10.