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  • An essay on dancing


  • This book is a typical example of mid-nineteenth-century anti-dance literature. Crane takes the position that the ancients, including the Greeks and Egyptians, danced only for religious purposes. The author additionally notes that dancing in the Bible was done by "maidens and women alone." Also typical of this type of literature, the author decries the religious ceremonies of the "savage and the semi-civilized" world of non-Christians, especially the customs of non-Europeans. Crane concludes that balls have a bad effect on health and are a waste of time.


  • Crane, J. T. (Jonathan Townley), 1819-1880

Created / Published

  • New York : Nelson & Phillips, [1849]


  • -  Dance--Moral and ethical aspects
  • -  Antidance Literature


  • -  "Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1849 ... in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York."
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.
  • -  LAC tnb 2019-07-03 update (1 card)


  • 132 p. ; 16 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1741 .C7 1849b

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 77361817

Online Format

  • image

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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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Crane, J. T. An Essay on Dancing. [New York: Nelson & Phillips, 1849] Image.

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