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  • Round dancing,


  • Gilbert, a well-known dancing master, notes that his book will deal only with round dances, and for other dances or rules of etiquette, the reader should turn elsewhere. After a brief discussion of the positions of the feet, the author discusses, in some length, the waltz position. The manual gives the directions for a large number of waltz, polka, galop, redowa, and mazurka variations--many of which are not described in other contemporary dance literature.


  • Gilbert, M. B. (Melvin Ballou), 1847-1910

Created / Published

  • Portland, Me., M. B. Gilbert [c1890]


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


  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.


  • 203, [1] p., 1 l. front. (port.) illus. 20 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1755 .G46

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 05029201

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  • 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:

Gilbert, M. B. Round Dancing. [Portland, Me., M. B. Gilbert, 1890] Image.

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Gilbert, M. B. (1890) Round Dancing. [Portland, Me., M. B. Gilbert] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Gilbert, M. B. Round Dancing. [Portland, Me., M. B. Gilbert, 1890] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.