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Dancing through the Ages 1825-1850

Each of the ten 'Volumes' in  Dr John Gardiner-Garden's 2018 Dancing through the Ages series consists of three books. Each book is A4 size (i.e. 29x21 centimetres or 8.2x11.6 inches) and contains between 240 and 440 pages (most around 340). Each collection of three books contain (on average) 1,000 pages of research, discussion, analysis, illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations. The first book (Part 1a-d) looks at dancing in general (the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving; the nature and evolution of the period’s main forms of dance; dance elements such as style, etiquette, honours, holds, formations, figures and steps; developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and period-relevant primary sources (including little known ones). The second and third books (Part 2a and Part 2b respectively) offer sources and music for, and reconstructions and analysis of dozens of dances from the relevant period, presented in alphabetic order.

Below are the covers and contents of the three books that constitute Volume VIII in the series. The numbers represent the page on which the section or subsection start. The total number of pages in the book is usually a few pages more than the last page number mentioned.

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Part 1: Dance in general
   ( Book 23)

PART 1a:    DANCE CONTEXT ~ 9
The relationship between the new ballet stars and social dance ~ 10
England ~ 12
Assembly dances ~ 12
State balls ~ 19
Grand fancy-dress balls ~ 21
The Waverley ball ~ 23
The private ball ~ 27
Outdoor dancing ~ 34
The Black ball ~ 36
Central Europe ~ 39
France ~ 46
The public dance hall ~ 46
The view from England ~ 51
America ~ 59
Its conservatism ~ 59
Innovations ~ 59
Growing regional variation ~ 61
Black dance ~ 62
Australia ~ 64
The balls ~ 64
Balls on boats ~ 66
Keeping abreast with fashion ~ 68
The new couples dances ~ 69
The informal dance party according to Annabella Boswell ~ 71
Poland and Russia ~ 73
Poland ~ 73
Russia ~ 74

PART 1b:    DANCE FORMS ~ 76
The Cotillion dance-game ~ 78
The mid-1820 and Petrovski ~ 78
Late 1820s, St. Petersburg collection and Helmke ~ 79
The 1830s, Hentschke and Maksin ~ 81
The early 1840s and Roller ~ 84
The late 1840s and Cellarius ~ 84
The Country Dance ~ 92
Its survival in England ~ 92
Its survival in Germany ~ 93
Changing fashion ~ 93
The Finishing dances ~ 96
The Galop ~ 97
The emergence of a ‘group couples’ dance 1829-1839 ~ 97
The development of a quadrille form ~ 101
The Hybrid Dances ~ 103
The Mazurka ~ 106

In Poland ~ 106
In Russia ~ 107
To Germany ~ 110
Late 1820s descriptions of Tschüter and Wiener ~ 111
Early 1830s descriptions of Förster, Helmke and Nadler ~ 113
Late 1830s descriptions of Häcker, Hentschke and Bartholomay ~ 114
1840s ~ 117
To Austria and Italy ~ 118
Hłasko ~ 118
In Paris
 ~ 119
The dance according to Coralli ~ 119
The dance according to Laborde ~ 124
The dance according to Cellarius ~ 129
To England ~ 134
To Scotland ~ 140
To America ~ 140
The Minuet ~ 143
Declining popularity of the ball dance ~ 143
The longways minuet ~ 145
The nostalgic display ~ 145
The minuet quadrille and minuet waltz hybrid ~ 146
The Polka ~ 148
Its origins ~ 148
France ~ 149
In England ~ 161
In Germany ~ 183
In Australia ~ 187
In America ~ 188
In Mexico ~ 193
The Polonaise ~ 196
In Poland ~ 196
In Russia ~ 198
To the West ~ 201
The Quadrille
 ~ 204
The late 1820s ~ 204
The early 1830s ~ 205
The late 1830s early 1840s ~ 206
The late 1840s ~ 208
The Waltz ~ 211
1820s variants ~ 214
The Vals à deux temps ~ 215

PART 1c:    DANCE ELEMENTS ~ 220
Style ~ 221
A new naturalism ~ 221
Shunning exhibitionism ~ 222
Arms ~ 223
Grace ~ 225
Etiquette ~ 228
Honours ~ 231
The man’s bow ~ 231
The woman’s courtesy ~ 231
Holds and positions ~ 233
Five positions ~ 233
Quadrille holds ~ 235
Couple’s holds ~ 235
Formations, figures and steps in set dances ~ 242
Figures for the mazurka ~ 245
Figures for the polka ~ 247

Allemande passes (including the ‘lassoo’ and ‘twirl’) ~ 247
Backing partner ~ 247
The Bohemian / Bremen step / Heel & toe248
The Coquette ~ 248
Changing lady from side to side ~ 249
Chase / Pursuit / Love chase ~ 249
En carré ~ 249
Galops sequence ~ 249
Go in opposite directions ~ 250
Moulinet / Right and left hand ~ 250
Promenade ~ 250
The retreat / ‘window-washing’ ~ 251
Waltz / Vals ~ 251
Tabulation of figures for polkas ~ 252
Steps for the mazurka ~ 253
The Running Step ~ 256
Pas de basque (Polonois) ~ 258
Pas glissé (1) – hop first ~ 263
Pas glissé (2) – glide first ~ 265
‘The Soccer kick’ ~ 268
Coup de talon (1) / Pas Polonais / Hobble (1) ~ 269
Coup de talon (2) / Heel-clicks in a row ~ 273
Pas boiteux / Hobble (2) ~ 273
Pas coupé poussé ~ 276
Pas chassé ~ 277
Holubiec / Tour sur place ~ 278
Pas Assemblé / Pas Frappé ~ 287
Steps for the polka ~ 290
The basic step (1) ~ 290
Heel and Toe ~ 296
Other steps ~ 298

PART 1d:    DANCE TEACHING ~ 300
The Profession ~ 301

The teacher’s responsibilities ~ 301
Dance schools ~ 302
The rural dancing master ~ 307
Calling and notation ~ 313
Calling ~ 313
Notation systems ~ 313
Anonymous and collected works ~ 316
Anonymous manuscripts ~ 316
Anonymous books ~ 316
Folio features ~ 319
Authors and their works ~ 320
Barnett ~ 320
Baron ~ 320
Bartholomay ~ 320
Blasis ~ 321
Boulogne ~ 322
Brunet ~ 322
Burgmuller ~ 323
Casorti
 ~ 323
Cellarius
 ~ 324
Coulon ~ 325
Day ~ 325
D’Orsay ~ 325
Durang ~ 326
Förster ~ 327
Franken ~ 327
Frankenstein ~ 327
Glover ~ 327
Häcker ~ 328
Helmke ~ 328
Hentschke ~ 329
Hłasko ~ 329
Knox ~ 329
Laborde ~ 330
Lopez ~ 330
Lowe ~ 330
Lund ~ 331
Mason ~ 332
Nadel ~ 332
Narrey ~ 332
Petrovski ~ 333
Perrot ~ 333
Pollock ~ 334
Powell ~ 334
Prince ~ 334
Roller ~ 335
Saunders ~ 335
Stanhope ~ 336
Staczynskich ~ 336
T.B. ~ 336
Thackery ~ 337
Théleur ~ 337
Vitu ~ 337
Wiener ~ 338
Whale ~ 338

Part 2a: Dances in detail A-M   (Book 24)

Blasis’ new set of Quadrilles ~ 6
The Cinderella Cotillion ~ 20
Cotillon 1829 (Helmke) ~ 32
Cotillon 1836 (Hentschke) ~ 54
Cotillon 1839 (Maksin) ~ 59
Cotillon 1843 (Roller) ~ 63
Cotillon 1847 (Cellarius)—for any number ~ 69
Cotillon 1847 (Cellarius)—for 3 couples ~ 75
Cotillon 1847 (Cellarius)—for more W ~ 82
Cotillon 1847 (Cellarius)—for 4 couples ~ 86
Cotillon 1847 (Cellarius)—with cushion / Cushion dance (4) ~ 92
Ecossaise Waltzer (1) & (2) ~ 94
Fancy Quadrille Figures ~ 101
The Five Step Waltz (1) ~ 125
Galop (1) / Galopade (2) ~ 132
Galopade (3) / Quadrille Galope ~ 148
Highland Reel (1) ~ 157
Hull’s Victory ~ 161
Mazurka Quadrille (2) ~ 164
Mazurka Quadrille (3) ~ 241
Mazurka Quadrille (4) ~ 267
Mazurka Waltz (1) / La Cellarius ~ 294
Minuet (3) ~ 314

Part 2b: Dances in detail N-Z   (Book 25)

Polka (1) ~ 6
Polka (2) ~ 33
Polka (3) / Grand Polkas ~ 52
Polka Quadrille / London Polka Quadrille ~ 66
Polonaise (4) ~ 95
Portland Fancy ~ 103
Quadrille Français (2c) / Mundy’s First Set / L’Albert Quadrille ~ 108
The Redowa (1) ~ 139
The Royal Gallopade ~ 157
The Serious Family Polka ~ 160
Sir Roger de Coverley (4a) / Virginia Reel (1) ~ 167
Sixdrilles / Quadrille Français (1b) ~ 174
Soldier’s Joy (3) ~ 185
Spanish Dance (2) / Spanish Waltz (1) ~ 189
Spanish Waltz (2) ~ 199
Styrienne ~ 211
Swedish Dance (1), (2) and (3) ~ 215
La Tempête (2) ~ 216
The Triumph (3) ~ 218
The Triumph (4) / Lady’s Triumph ~ 222
Triolet (2) ~ 225
Triolet Waltzer ~ 229
Waltz (3) / Valse à deux Temps ~ 235
Waltz (4) / Valse à trois temps ~ 269
Waltz Cotillion ~ 289
Waverley Quadrilles / Quadrille Français (2b) ~ 297
Wiener Waltz ~ 306
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