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Book/Printed Material An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire (without the aid of a master) a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room

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Title

  • An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire (without the aid of a master) a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room

Summary

  • This is the first of several books published by Wilson on the subject of English country dancing. 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. Although the manual has a section on ballroom etiquette, it is most useful for its text, tables, and color-coded diagrams, which explain the figures. This edition is dedicated to Madame Desayes, principal dancer at the King's Theatre, where Wilson held the post of dancing master. The manual was expanded and reissued in 1811 and 1822, and a version was published in 1815 entitled The complete system of English country dancing.

Names

  • Wilson, Thomas, dancing master

Created / Published

  • London, Printed by W. Calvert, to be had to Mr. Dutton [etc.] 1808.

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.

Medium

  • 12 p.l., xix, 139 p. incl. front., 1 illus., diagrs. 16 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1763 .W72 1808

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 42049716

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Wilson, Thomas, Dancing Master. An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire without the aid of a master a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room. [London, Printed by W. Calvert, to be had to Mr. Dutton et, 1808] Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/42049716/.

APA citation style:

Wilson, T. (1808) An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire without the aid of a master a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room. [London, Printed by W. Calvert, to be had to Mr. Dutton et] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/42049716/.

MLA citation style:

Wilson, Thomas, Dancing Master. An analysis of country dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, in a way so easy and familiar, that persons of the meanest capacity may in a short time acquire without the aid of a master a complete knowledge of that rational and polite amusement. To which are added, instructions for dancing some entire new reels; together with the rules, regulations, and complete etiquette of the ball room. [London, Printed by W. Calvert, to be had to Mr. Dutton et, 1808] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/42049716/>.