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Book/Printed Material Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles: also rules of deportment and descriptions of manners of civility, appertaining to that art: from the French of J. H. G.

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Title

  • Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles: also rules of deportment and descriptions of manners of civility, appertaining to that art: from the French of J. H. G.

Summary

  • A translation of Gourdoux-Daux's Principes de la danse (Paris, 1804 and 1811), this manual is important for its description of steps and step sequences appropriate in the performance of the popular ballroom dance, the quadrille (called cotilion by the author). The quadrille is a series of figures, organized into sets and performed by sets of four couples. The manual begins with discussions on deportment and positions, and continues with descriptions of various steps including assemblé, jeté, echappé, chassé, and glissadé. Step combinations are given for nineteen quadrille figures, such as "right and left," "hands round," "English chain," "ladies' chain," and "balancé."

Names

  • J. H. G. (J. H. Gourdoux-Daux)

Created / Published

  • Philadelphia, Printed by J. F. Hurtel, 1817.

Headings

  • -  Quadrille (Dance)--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 rwp 2019-07-09 review
  • -  LAC tnb 2019-07-03 no edits (1 card)

Medium

  • 93 p. 18 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1590 .G68

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 19008463

Online Format

  • image

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The accompanying videos were produced by the Library of Congress. Note Video Performers for additional credits for video performers.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Music Division.

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:

J. H. G. Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles: also rules of deportment and descriptions of manners of civility, appertaining to that art: from the French of J. H. G. Philadelphia, Printed by J. F. Hurtel, 1817. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/19008463/.

APA citation style:

J. H. G. (1817) Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles: also rules of deportment and descriptions of manners of civility, appertaining to that art: from the French of J. H. G. Philadelphia, Printed by J. F. Hurtel. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/19008463/.

MLA citation style:

J. H. G. Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles: also rules of deportment and descriptions of manners of civility, appertaining to that art: from the French of J. H. G. Philadelphia, Printed by J. F. Hurtel, 1817. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/19008463/>.