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Dancing through the Ages 1875-1900

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 END SEPTEMBER 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 X in the series


PART 1a: DANCE CONTEXT ~ 7

Britain ~ 9

Rural dances ~ 10

The State ball ~ 12

Public assembly room dancing ~ 13

The ball at home ~ 16

The special balls ~ 20

Leap year balls ~ 26

Picnic balls ~ 27

Fancy dress ~ 27

The Calico ball ~ 29

The private ball with new dance display~ 31

The ball according to Sara Jeanette Duncan ~ 33

Cinderella dances ~ 37

Dancing in Scotland ~ 38

France ~ 40

Dance halls ~ 40

The Incoherent balls ~ 46

The Opera balls ~ 46

Historical costume balls ~ 49

Central and Northern Europe ~ 51

Balls for all levels of society ~ 51

The torch dance ~ 55

The cushion dance ~ 57

The costumed ball ~ 58

The ‘Ragged’ ball ~ 59

America ~ 60

The popularity of dancing ~ 60

The critics of dancing ~ 61

Nostalgia and innovation ~ 64

Black dance ~ 64

The West Indies ~ 68

Australia ~ 69

The repertoire in dance manuals ~ 69

Concordance of dance manual repertoire ~ 72

Ball programs ~ 74

All sorts of balls ~ 77

The Sydney Exhibition Hall ball of 1879 ~ 79

The Melbourne Exhibition Hall ball of 1881 ~ 80

Town Hall balls, such as Adelaide 1893 ~ 85

Balls in illustrations ~ 86

Poland ~ 89

Russia ~ 90

The ball in Anna Karenina ~ 92

Embracing the round dance ~ 96

Elsewhere ~ 97

 

PART 1b:  DANCE FORMS ~ 99

The Cotillon ~ 100

In Russia ~ 100

In Germany ~ 100

In France ~ 113

In America ~ 119

In England ~ 125

In Australia ~ 127

Its props and favours ~ 128

Its conducting according to an anonymous French source ~ 130

Its arrangement according to an Italian source ~ 133

Its management according to American sources ~ 134

The Country dance and its relatives ~ 144

The whole-set ‘finishing dance’ ~ 144

The hybrid country dance ~ 148

The longways proper country dance ~ 149

The Mazurka ~ 152

In Poland and Russia ~ 152

In the west ~ 157

The Minuet ~ 167

The Polka and Galop ~ 182

The Polka ~ 182

The Galop ~ 184

The Polka and Galop’s changing role ~ 184

The ‘brief-footing’ Polka family~ 185

The Princess Polka ~ 186

The Polonaise ~ 189

In Poland ~ 189

In Russia ~ 189

In Germany ~ 192

In the west ~ 193

The Quadrille ~ 195

Its step ~ 195

Its mechanism ~ 196

Its leadership ~ 197

Its uses and ‘abuses’ ~ 198

It’s survival ~ 201

The Reel ~ 204

The Schottische and Pas de quatre ~ 205

The popularization of Schottische variants ~ 206

Iolanthe ~ 210

The Cake-Walk ~ 221

The Varsovienna / Varsovianna ~ 228

The Waltz ~ 233

 

PART 1c:  DANCE ELEMENTS ~ 239

Style ~ 240

Changing foot work ~ 242

Arms ~ 243

Dress ~ 243

Etiquette ~ 245

Satyrical prose ~ 245

Satryrical illustrations ~ 246

From dance manuals, 1875-1880 ~ 253

From dance manuals of the 1880s and 90s~ 256

The dance card ~ 262

Honours ~ 268

The man and woman’s honour ~ 268

The honour in context ~ 269

Holds and formations ~ 275

Holding hands ~ 275

Positions of the feet ~ 275

Couple’s dances ~ 276

The Set dances ~ 284

Figures ~ 290

Swing ~ 290

French terms ~ 291

La contredanse Française main figures ~ 294

La contredanse Française / Quadrille finale figures—Rose, Galop etc ~ 297

Steps ~ 302

For travelling in a quadrille ~ 302

For travelling in a reel ~ 303

For setting in a quadrille ~ 303

For setting in a Scotch reel ~ 304

For the essential couple’s dances ~ 305

 

PART 1d: DANCE TEACHING ~ 307

The Profession ~ 308

Organising the profession ~ 308

Dance teachers ~ 309

Dancing masters studios ~ 310

Sydney dancing master West ~ 313

The rewards and disappointments ~ 314

Dance teaching techniques ~ 317

Prompting and calling ~ 320

Publications ~ 323

Photography ~ 325

Anonymous dance works ~ 327

Anonymous books ~ 327

Anonymous articles and folios ~ 331

Authored works ~ 332

Allan ~ 332

Anderson ~ 332

Armstrong ~ 333

Baron ~ 333

Beek ~ 334

Bohme ~ 334

Bolze ~ 335

Bonstein ~ 335

Bosshardt-Strübi ~ 335

Busch ~ 336

Carpenter ~ 336

Cartier ~ 337

Chappell ~ 338

Charbonnel ~ 338

Chistjakov ~ 339

Christison ~ 339

Clément ~ 340

Clendenen ~ 340

Cleveland ~ 341

Colles ~ 341

Crompton ~ 341

Czerwinski ~ 342

D’Aquino ~ 343

De’Fiori ~ 343

De Garmo ~ 343

De Soria ~ 344

Desrat ~ 344

Dick ~ 345

Dodworth ~ 346

Élie ~ 347

Elmwell ~ 348

Faulkner ~ 348

Foreman ~ 348

French ~ 349

Gass ~ 349

Gerhardt ~ 349

Gilbert ~ 350

Giraudet ~ 350

Gomme ~ 352

Gott ~ 352

Gould ~ 353

Grangier ~ 353

Grant ~ 353

Greene ~ 353

Grove ~ 354

Grover ~ 354

Harvey ~ 355

Hirschfeld-Böhm ~ 355

Howe ~ 355

Klemm ~ 356

Koncen ~ 356

Kopp ~ 356

Lamb ~ 357

Leggett Byrne ~ 357

Lovenberry ~ 358

Lussan-Borel ~ 358

Mahler ~ 359

Paul ~ 359

Perin ~ 360

Radestock ~ 360

Read ~ 360

Reznicek ~ 361

Richer ~ 361

Rivers ~ 362

Roberts ~ 362

Roseri ~ 362

Rossi ~ 363

Sause ~ 363

Schell ~ 363

Schild ~ 363

Scott ~ 364

Segadlo ~ 365

Sherwood ~ 365

Skinner ~ 365

Stilb ~ 366

T. Erp. Sichore ~ 367

Vestris ~ 367

Vuillier ~ 367

Wallner ~ 368

Wilson ~ 368

Wilson ~ 368

Wivell ~ 368

Zorn ~ 369


Part 2b: Dances in detail A-M   (Book 30) 
   

The Albert’s (1) ~ 6

The Albert’s (2) ~ 25

Asher’s Minuet ~ 36

Baby Polka / Finger Polka / La Badoise ~ 44

The Berlin Polka / La Berline / Alsatian Polka / Polka Militaire ~ 50

Bohemian Polka / Heel and Toe ~ 69

The Boston-Ball / Waltz Futsal~ 73

The Cake Walk ~ 84

Charge of the Light Brigade ~ 97

Les Cinq Parties du Monde ~ 108

Circassian Circle (4) — Lovenberry’s ~ 118

Combination Polka ~ 124

Coquette (3a&b) / Glide Polka ~ 126

Coquette (4a&b) ~ 129

Cotillon medley with blindfolds ~ 132

Le Colin-Maillard ~ 132

Blind Man’s Bluff ~ 133

The Weak leading the Blind ~ 134

Cotillon medley with cards ~ 135

The Cards—1 ~ 135

The Cards—2 ~ 135

The Cards—3 ~ 136

Cotillon medley with 4 chairs facing in ~ 137

The 4 Chairs (The ‘Whirligig’) ~ 137

The Figure 8 ~ 138

The Seated Ladies ~ 139

The Four Corners ~ 140

Cotillon medley with 8 chairs facing out ~ 141

The Gentleman Kneels ~ 141

The Free Chairs ~ 142

Musical chairs ~ 143

Cotillon medley with choice ~ 144

Cotillon with basket, ring & flower ~ 144

Flowers and Animals ~ 145

Blind choice ~ 146

Cotillon medley with circles and columns / Farandole ~ 148

The Reunion ~ 150

The Snail ~ 151

The Labyrinth ~ 152

The Bridge ~ 153

The Double Serpent ~ 153

The Zigzag ~ 154

The Chain without end ~ 155

The Arch ~ 156

Cotillon medley with fans ~ 158

The Fan / The Kangarooo ~ 158

Cotillon L’Eventail ~ 160

Fans in a hat ~ 162

Cotillon medley with scarves (1) ~ 163

The Twisted Handkerchief ~ 163

The Flying Scarfs ~ 164

The Scarf Cross ~ 164

The Handkerchief Chase ~ 165

The Scarfs ~ 166

Cotillon medley with scarves (2) ~ 168

The Lassoo ~ 168

The Snake ~ 169

Satyrs and Nymphs ~ 170

Cotillon medley with a sheet ~ 171

The Canopy ~ 171

The Mysterious Hands ~ 172

Cotillon medley with surprises~ 174

Moulinet Surprise ~ 175

Les Surprises ~ 176

Les Quatre Couples ~ 177

Le Loup / The Wolf ~ 178

Cotillons with hat and gloves ~ 179

Cotillons with mixing ~ 181

The Meeting ~ 181

The Exchange ~ 182

The Pursuit ~ 182

The Serpent ~ 183

The Circles ~ 184

The Winding Alley ~ 185

Repeating / Ending ~ 185

The Arbour ~ 186

Cotillons with other props ~ 187

The Circus ~ 187

The Spinning-top ~ 188

The team ~ 189

Cross Step Polka ~ 190

La Dance Florence / Dashing White Sergeant (2) ~ 192

Double Glide Waltz ~ 198

L’Élégante ~ 199

L’Éxcentrique ~ 200

The Fitzroy Quadrille ~ 201

The Five Step Waltz (3) ~ 214

Galop (2) ~ 218

Galop (3) ~ 222

Galop (4) / Rhein Galop / Danish Waltz / Manchester ~ 225

Ganglovienne / Ostendaise Valsée ~ 229

Gavotte du Pas de Quatre ~ 237

La Giraudette ~ 249

Greensleeves ~ 250

Highland Schottische ~ 253

Hongroise (3) / Valse Hongroise ~ 261

Hop Waltz (2) ~ 267

Kreuz Polka ~ 268

The Lancers’ Quadrille (5) / Pirates of Penzance ~ 273

Lancers for 16 (3) ~ 295

Loomis Glide Mazurka ~ 298

Menuet de la cour (2) ~ 302

Menuet de la Cour (3) / ... à la Reine (2) ~ 325

Menuet de la cour Quadrille ~ 335

Military Schottische / Pas de Quatre / Barn Dance ~ 338




New Lancers (2- Crompton’s) ~ 6

The Newport ~ 16

Ostendaise ~ 27

Oxford Minuet ~ 42

La Parisienne ~ 48

Pas de trois ~ 56

Pas des Patineurs ~ 62

Polish Galop ~ 72

Polka Mazurka (3) / The Waratah ~ 75

Polka Piquée (1), (2) & (3) ~ 82

Polka Russe (1) ~ 86

Polka Russe (2) ~ 88

Polka Russe (3) / Troika ~ 102

Le Polo ~ 109

Polonaise (5) / The Grand March ~ 158

Opening circuit~ 158

Column up the middle ~ 158

Passing files ~ 159

Zigzagging Column ~ 160

Into Platoons ~ 161

Reverse Platoon ~ 162

Half Columns ~ 162

Arbour ~ 163

The Serpent / Snail ~ 164

Conclusion—with a waltz ~ 165

Conclusion—with head and side lines ~ 166

The Prince of Wales Schottische ~ 178

Quadrille Classique ~ 182

Le Quadrille de Jean Gilles ~ 191

Quadrille Giraudet ~ 201

Quadrille Français (5) / The Sydney Exhibition Quadrille ~ 220

Quadrille Polo Américain ~ 252

Rédowa (4) / Redowa Waltz ~ 270

Reel of Nine (2) ~ 272

La Russe ~ 275

The Russia ~ 279

Sagantina Nancéenne ~ 281

Singing Quadrille / Quadrille Français (6) ~ 288

Sir Roger de Coverley (4b) / Virginia Reel (2) ~ 298

Sir Roger de Coverley (5a&b) ~ 302

Sir Roger de Coverley (6) / Gigue Anglais / Gigue Américaine ~ 315

Spanish Waltz (3) ~ 332

Stéphanoise ~ 337

The Tantivy ~ 339

La Tempête (5) ~ 351

Waltz (6 a&b) / The Boston / Boston Dip ~ 353

a) The Glide or Boston ~ 353

b) The Boston Dip ~ 355

Waltz Minuet (1-Gilbert’s) ~ 364

Waltz Minuet (2- Crompton’s) ~ 366

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