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Book/Printed Material Howe's complete ball-room hand book, containing upwards of three hundred dances, including all the latest and most fashionable dances ... with elegant illustrations, and full explanation and every variety of the latest and most approved figures, and calls for the different changes, and rules on deportment and the toilet, and the etiquette of dancing Complete ball-room hand book

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Title

  • Howe's complete ball-room hand book, containing upwards of three hundred dances, including all the latest and most fashionable dances ... with elegant illustrations, and full explanation and every variety of the latest and most approved figures, and calls for the different changes, and rules on deportment and the toilet, and the etiquette of dancing

Other Title

  • Complete ball-room hand book

Summary

  • To demonstrate the authority of this manual, the publisher claims the author to be American inventor, Elias Howe. Similar to many other dance manuals published throughout the nineteenth century, this book is a publisher's compilation of other sources. The book begins with a description of ballroom etiquette, dress, appropriate music, and rules for prompters. The manual continues with discussion of the era's most popular dances including quadrilles, waltz, polka, schottisch, gorlitza, polka mazurka, country dances, and figures for forty-two "French Fancy Cotillons" (also known as the cotillon or German), a group dance performed as a series of party games, usually to waltz music.

Names

  • Howe, Elias, 1820-1895

Created / Published

  • [Boston, Ditson & Co., c1858]

Headings

  • -  Ballroom dancing--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals

Notes

  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.
  • -  LAC tnb 2019-07-03 no edits (1 card)
  • -  LCCN on card 90953106. LAC tnb 2019-07-03 LCCN in NUC is 05026433. he19 2022-03-01

Medium

  • 118 p. illus. 16 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1751 .H86 1858a

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 05026433

Online Format

  • image

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Video Performers

Performers for the October 1997 Great Hall event: Dancers

Members of The Jonquil Street Foundation, Inc. Ariane Anthony, Thomas Baird, Barbara Barr, Patricia Beaman, Christopher Caines, Charles Garth, James Martin, Maris Wolff. Musicians - members of The Library of Congress Centennial Cotillion Brass Band, Emerson Head and Robert Sheldon, Leaders (Members, Metro Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, AFM.)

Performers for the Coolidge Auditorium clips: Dancers

Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird. Musicians - Boris Gurevitch (piano), Susan Manus (violin).

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Chicago citation style:

Howe, Elias. Howe's Complete Ball-Room Hand Book, Containing Upwards of Three Hundred Dances, Including All the Latest and Most Fashionable Dances ... With Elegant Illustrations, and Full Explanation and Every Variety of the Latest and Most Approved Figures, and Calls for the Different Changes, and Rules on Deportment and the Toilet, and the Etiquette of Dancing. [Boston, Ditson & Co, 1858] Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/05026433/.

APA citation style:

Howe, E. (1858) Howe's Complete Ball-Room Hand Book, Containing Upwards of Three Hundred Dances, Including All the Latest and Most Fashionable Dances ... With Elegant Illustrations, and Full Explanation and Every Variety of the Latest and Most Approved Figures, and Calls for the Different Changes, and Rules on Deportment and the Toilet, and the Etiquette of Dancing. [Boston, Ditson & Co] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/05026433/.

MLA citation style:

Howe, Elias. Howe's Complete Ball-Room Hand Book, Containing Upwards of Three Hundred Dances, Including All the Latest and Most Fashionable Dances ... With Elegant Illustrations, and Full Explanation and Every Variety of the Latest and Most Approved Figures, and Calls for the Different Changes, and Rules on Deportment and the Toilet, and the Etiquette of Dancing. [Boston, Ditson & Co, 1858] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/05026433/>.