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About the ball, pt 3… — 8 Comments

  1. I continue to just be impressed with having to remember all those dance steps, but I imagine if you are accustomed to seeing them in all your social functions as a young person, it must seem more natural! Bravo, Maria (and your husband and family) for trying these out and giving us all this background!

    It is fascinating what you pointed out, with all the rules about propriety that there was all this room for open flirtation on the dance floor. No wonder it seemed that in many stories set in the regency times, a couple dancing together more than once was so noticeable and tended to indicate a serious attachment!

    • I am impressed with those who can remember them too! I still find it pretty overwhelming. I may be able to remember them through a single dance, but ask me the next day and I assure you, I’m lost! LOL

      I has been really interesting to consider what interaction on the dance floor might look like. I have to admit, my perspective has totally changed. Thanks, Kathy!

  2. Maria, This is just fascinating! Thank you, as I have found each of your reports on regency dance to be very enlightening, especially as to how complicated and difficult at least some of the dances were. I have new respect for those who attempted these dances! Thank you again.

    • Thanks, Evelyn! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed these posts and much as I have. It has been really fascinating to do these dances and think about them in context.

  3. this was fascinating. Thank you so much for sharing. The videos were so helpful in understanding the dances. Lord Byron’s Maggot and Hunt the Squiril brought a smile to my face. Not only do I have 2 left feet and no sense of rhythm, I trip over my own feet. Being part of one of the groups would be fun, but in my area they are held on an evening where I have ongoing obligations. One day.

  4. I really enjoyed watching the other dances, especially the first which I recognized from the Pride & Prejudice film. 🙂

    I am horrid at remembering dance steps, especially when not dancing by myself (tap is the only exception–those steps I could remember, plus I could quickly cover any mistakes as I was the only one dancing!).

    Last fall our doctor and his wife hosted a Southern Dress Ball at which the participants (including my daughter) learned the Virginia Reel and the Viennese Waltz; my daughter Elizabeth had such a wonderful time! (And I enjoyed watching from the sidelines as my dancing days are done, due to chronic pain from autoimmune conditions. One can’t dance while leaning on a cane, after all!)

    Thanks for this lovely and informative post!! 🙂

    Warmly,
    Susanne 🙂

    • I have a hard time remembering the steps too and the more I think about it, the more difficult it gets. When we went dancing this week, the call had picked some entirely new ones, with some rather challenging steps in them. I found that if I just followed where the momentum was taking me, I usually ended up doing the right thing. I would dread trying to do a dance on my own, without a partner to help me get in the right place at the right time! Thanks, Susanne!

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