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Book/Printed Material An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines. Containing also, directions for composing almost any number of figures to one tune, with some entire new reels; together with the complete etiquette of the ball-room

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Title

  • An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines. Containing also, directions for composing almost any number of figures to one tune, with some entire new reels; together with the complete etiquette of the ball-room

Summary

  • Designed for "those who possess no knowledge whatsoever of country-dancing," the manual uses text, tables, and color-coded diagrams to explain the figures for English country dances. Performed as a series of figures by a column of men facing a column of women, the English country dance was one of the most popular early nineteenth-century ballroom dances. Originally published in 1808, the manual was reissued in 1822, and another version appeared in 1815 under the title The complete system of English country dancing. This edition is dedicated to Madame Angiolini, principal dancer at the King's Theatre, where Wilson held the post of dancing master.

Names

  • Wilson, Thomas, dancing master

Created / Published

  • London, J. S. Dickson, 1811.

Headings

  • -  Country dancing--England--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Notation for Dance

Notes

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

Medium

  • xii, [13]-18 p., 1 l., 194 p. col. front., tables, col. diagrs. 19 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1763 .W72 1811

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 42046273

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Wilson, Thomas, Dancing Master. An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines. Containing also, directions for composing almost any number of figures to one tune, with some entire new reels; together with the complete etiquette of the ball-room. London, J. S. Dickson, 1811. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/42046273/.

APA citation style:

Wilson, T. (1811) An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines. Containing also, directions for composing almost any number of figures to one tune, with some entire new reels; together with the complete etiquette of the ball-room. London, J. S. Dickson. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/42046273/.

MLA citation style:

Wilson, Thomas, Dancing Master. An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines. Containing also, directions for composing almost any number of figures to one tune, with some entire new reels; together with the complete etiquette of the ball-room. London, J. S. Dickson, 1811. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/42046273/>.