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Dancing through the Ages 1850-1875

Dancing through the Ages is an 10,800 page work offering background on, reconstruction of, and chorded music for nearly 1,000 dances from between from 1400 to 1900, as well as extensive notes analysing links between these dances, the evolution of dance forms, movement ideas and notation systems through this 500 period, and the changing nature of ball culture and dance sources in countries across the old and new word.  The whole is supported by thousands of quotations, diagrams and illustrations from original sources.

The work is broken into 31 books, each of between 300 and 460 (average 350) double-sided A4 pages. After the 'Orientation and Overview' book 1, the work is organised into ten 'Volumes', each of 3 books.  

Each 3-book Volume is devoted to a particular period and consists of 1,000 plus 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.

To order any or all of the books in this 31-book series go to (PUBLISHER's WEBSITE ORDER PAGE LINK TO APPEAR HERE MID AUGUST 2020 when grand work is finally available!) . The books are AUS$35 each (approximately US$25), plus postage which will diminish with the more books in your order. As your books will be sent from the nearest Lulu printer on your continent, you will not be paying for overseas shipping and will not be waiting long for the books to arrive. Orders are normally filled at local postage rates within a week.  

N.B. I recommend that in addition to ordering the books pertaining to the period you first think of, you also order books from the adjacent period collections plus the invaluable Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview'.  Indeed, because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series (and the cross-referencing between books in the series), I highly recommend the full set!

If you are able to collect from our home in Canberra Australia, I may be able to offer you a special no-postage price on a full-set. Phone 62811098 or email us

Below are the front covers and contents of the three books that constitute Volume IX in the series

Part 1: Dance in general   (Book 26)

PART 1a:  DANCE CONTEXT ~ 7

Balls in general~ 8

The ball’s purpose ~ 8

The ball’s order ~ 8

The role of publishing in commonality of programming and practice ~ 10

England ~ 11

Court-hosted dancing ~ 11

Pleasure Garden dancing ~ 11

Rural dances according to Gaskell, Eliot and Hardy ~ 13

Private balls according to Mrs Henderson~ 17

Balls for different occasions ~ 18

Children’s ball ~ 22

The costume ball ~ 23

Hood’s 1868 The physiology of the dance ~ 25

The ball in Trollope’s 1875 The way we live now ~ 31

The first quadrille and the last galop ~ 34

France ~ 38

Looking in & back and forward & out ~ 38

Markowski and the invention of new dances ~ 39

Boullay’s damning of the new couples dances ~ 40

Court balls ~ 44

The private ball in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary ~ 45

The private ball in Zola’s La Curée ~ 47

The private ball in Alcott’s Little Women ~ 51

The private ball in art ~ 53

The Opera balls ~ 54

The public dance halls ~ 56

Public dancehall cancan ~ 64

Elsewhere in Europe ~ 67

Northern Europe ~ 67

Central Europe ~ 68

Italy ~ 72

America ~ 73

Regional variation ~ 73

The new couple’s dances ~ 75

Different types of balls ~ 76

The Calico ball ~ 78

Black dance ~ 88

Australia and New Zealand ~ 90

Growing sense of Australian identity ~ 90

Ball venues ~ 90

Account of a ball in Melbourne in 1870 ~ 91

Balls in illustrations ~ 93

Music and dance publications ~ 99

Masquerade Ball program Melbourne 1852 ~ 101

Assembly ball program Melbourne 1875 ~ 103

New Zealand ~ 106

India ~ 109

The ball according to Atkinson ~ 109

Poland ~ 112

Russia ~ 114

 

PART 1b: DANCE FORMS ~ 118

The Cotillion ~ 120

In France ~ 120

In Central and Eastern Europe ~ 126

America ~ 127

England ~ 130

The Country dance and its relatives ~ 132

Country dances displacing folk dances ~ 132

Sir Roger de Coverley / Virginia Reel ~ 133

The Galopade Country Dance ~ 139

Other contexts in which it survived ~ 139

Country dance hybrids ~ 141

The Mazurka ~ 144

In the east ~ 144

In France ~ 145

In England ~ 148

In America ~ 150

In Australia ~ 151

Mazurka couples dance hybrids ~ 153

The Mazurka Waltz ~ 153

The Polka Redowa ~ 153

The Polka Mazurka ~ 154

Further hybrids ~ 156

The Minuet ~ 157

The Galop, Polka & variants ~ 158

The Galop ~ 158

The Polka ~ 158

Variants ~ 160

The Polonaise ~ 162

In Poland ~ 162

In Russia ~ 163

In Germany ~ 163

In the west ~ 164

The Quadrille ~ 166

Its popularity ~ 166

Its adaptations ~ 168

Its aberration—the cancan ~ 174

Its ridicule ~ 175

The Reel ~ 177

The Schottische and its relatives ~ 179

Varsovienne / Varsovienna / Varsoviana ~ 183

The Waltz ~ 199

 

PART 1c: DANCE ELEMENTS ~ 202

Style ~ 203

Etiquette ~ 207

1850s ~ 210

1860-1875 ~ 214

Honours ~ 220

The man’s bow ~ 220

The woman’s courtesy ~ 221

Different bows in different contexts ~ 222

Holds and positions ~ 223

Foot positions ~ 223

Arm holds ~ 225

Formations ~ 231

Figures ~ 232

The corner Allemande ~ 233

Ladies’ chain ~ 233

The St. Simonienne ~ 234

Steps in general ~ 236

In quadrilles ~ 236

In couple’s dances ~ 237

Steps in Beseda ~ 238

Furiant ~ 238

Hulán ~ 239

Kalamajka ~ 240

Obkročák ~ 240

Polka ~ 241

Redovák ~ 242

Řezanka ~ 242

Sousedská ~ 243

Mazurka steps ~ 244

Pas glissé (1) – hop first ~ 245

Pas glissé (2) – glide first ~ 246

Pas de basque (Polonois) ~ 248

Pas boiteux / Hobble (2) ~ 249

Coup de talon (1) / Pas Polonais / Hobble (1) ~ 250

Coup de talon (2) / Heel-clicks in a row ~ 252

Holubiec / Tour sur place ~ 252

Pas chassé ~ 254

 

PART 1d: DANCE TEACHING ~ 257

Dance teaching ~ 258

Dance teachers in general ~ 258

The dancing academy ~ 258

The frequency of lessons ~ 260

The Turveydrops ~ 262

Markowski ~ 269

Prompting and calling ~ 275

Publications ~ 278

Music publishing ~ 278

Notation ~ 281

Anonymous works ~ 283

Anonymous books ~ 283

Music collections with dance instructions ~ 286

Authored works ~ 289

Bland ~ 289

Blasis ~ 289

Boullay ~ 290

Brookes ~ 290

Brooks ~ 290

Carpenter ~ 291

C.B. ~ 291

Coulon ~ 292

Czerwinski ~ 292

De Garmo ~ 293

Della Croce ~ 293

De Walden ~ 294

Desrat ~ 294

Dodworth ~ 295

Durang ~ 296

Ferrero ~ 297

Fertiault ~ 298

Gawlikowski ~ 298

Giraudet ~ 298

Gronow ~ 298

Henderson ~ 299

Hillgrove ~ 300

Hood ~ 300

Howe ~ 301

Hughes ~ 302

Ibarra ~ 302

Jarvis ~ 303

Kemp ~ 303

Kurth~ 303

Laborde ~ 304

Link ~ 304

Lowe ~ 305

Meyen ~ 306

Narrey ~ 306

Polkarius ~ 306

Reilley ~ 307

Renausy ~ 307

Ridgeway ~ 308

Roberts~ 308

Saint-Léon ~ 308

Spencer~ 308

Wallace ~ 309

Webster~ 309

Wesner ~ 310

Willcock ~ 310

Wivell ~ 310

Youens ~ 311


Part 2a: Dances in detail A-P   (Book 27)

L’Anglicane ~ 6

Beseda ~ 9

La Boulangère (2) ~ 42

The Chase (2) / Chase the Lady (1) ~ 45

The Chase (3) / Chase the Lady (2) ~ 46

The Chase (4) / Chase the Squirrel ~ 47

Cheat the Lady / Coquette (2) ~ 49

Cinderella Set ~ 51

Cinderella Waltz ~ 55

Circassian Circle (3)—Hillgrove’s ~ 56

Cotillon-mazurka 1858 (Gawlikowski) ~ 63

Coulon’s Double Quadrille ~ 86

La Czarine ~ 101

Dashing White Sergeant (1) 109

The Empire Quadrille ~ 112

The Esmeralda (1) ~ 140

The Esmeralda (2a&b) ~ 142

The Esmeralda—Scherpf ~ 147

The Five Step Waltz (2) ~ 151

Galop (2) / Galopade (4) ~ 157

Galopade Country Dance (3) ~ 169

The Gitana Waltz / La Carlowitzka ~ 174

The Gorlitza ~ 177

The Gothic Dance ~ 192

Highland Reel (2) ~ 195

The Holly Berry ~ 197

Hongroise (1a&b) ~ 199

Hongroise (2) ~ 204

Hop Waltz (1) / La Sauteuse ~ 208

L’Impériale ~ 210

La Koska (1) ~ 220

La Koska (2) / La Coska ~ 223

The Lancers’ Quadrille (4) ~ 226

Lancers for 16 / Double Lancers ~ 239

The Mazurka Quadrille (5) / Philadelphia Mazurka Quadrilles ~ 257

The Mazurka Waltz (2) ~ 270

Money Musk (3) ~ 275

Mrs Henderson’s Double Quadrille ~ 278

The New Caledonian Quadrille ~ 290

Nine-Pin Quadrille ~ 297

The Norwegian Country Dance ~ 301

Opera Reel (2) / Celebrated Opera Reel ~ 310

Polka (4) ~ 312

Polka Country Dance ~ 325

Polka Mazurka (1) / The Australian ~ 327

Polka Mazurka (2a&b) ~ 336

Polka Redowa ~ 348

Pop Goes the Weasel (1) ~ 354

Pop Goes the Weasel (2) ~ 363

Prince Imperial Quadrille ~ 365

Princess Alice ~ 399

La Prisonniere ~ 402


Part 2b: Dances in detail Q-Z   (Book 28)

Quadrille des Dames ~ 6

Quadrille Français (2d) / Russian Quadrilles / The Christmas Quadrilles ~ 24

Quadrille Français (2e) / Le Pacha Quadrille / The Rose Bay Quadrilles ~ 56

Quadrille Français (3) / Orpheus Quadrille ~ 70

Quadrille Français (4) ~ 81

Quadrille Russe ~ 116

Redowa (2) ~ 131

Redowa (3) ~ 147

La Russe Quadrille ~ 154

Russian Mazourka Quadrilles ~ 159

Sackett’s Harbor ~ 168

Schottische ~ 171

Sicilian Circle ~ 191

La Sicilienne ~ 195

Sir Roger de Coverely (2b) ~ 215

The Tempest ~ 223

La Tempête (3) ~ 227

La Tempête (4) ~ 236

The Triplet ~ 242

L’Universelle ~ 255

1) Schottishe 255

2) Polka 256

3) Redowa 256

4) Mazurka 256

5) Tarantella 257

Vals des Patineurs ~ 270

Les Varietés Parisiennes ~ 273

La Varsovienne / The Varsovienna (1) ~ 302

La Varsovienne / The Varsovienna (2) ~ 312

La Varsovienne / The Varsovienna (3) ~ 322

Waltz (5) / Glide Waltz ~ 325

The Zingarilla (1) ~ 342

The Zingarilla (2) / La Zingerilla ~ 347

Zulma l’Orientale ~ 349

Zwiefache ~ 357

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