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Book/Printed Material The ball room guide, being a compendium of the theory, practice, and etiquette of dancing, embracing the newest quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, &c., also, the Meyen quadrille,

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Title

  • The ball room guide, being a compendium of the theory, practice, and etiquette of dancing, embracing the newest quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, &c., also, the Meyen quadrille,

Summary

  • This manual begins, as do others of the period, with a general introduction that covers the necessity of dancing and a brief history of dance. Declaring that bodily exercise "drives away sorrow and care," the author asks, "how is it that there are men malicious enough to condemn this innocent pastime?" (p. 12). The manual continues with ten rules to be observed at balls, duties of managers, and seven rules for the German cotillon (a series of dance games). While Meyer gives figures for quadrilles and directions for fourteen German cotillon figures, his descriptions of round dances are vague. For example, he notes that the polka "is either danced in a circle ... or at variety, eight bars to the right and eight bars to the left ..." (pg. 23).

Names

  • Meyen, H. (Henry)

Created / Published

  • New York, E. & J. Magnus, 1852.

Headings

  • -  Ballroom dancing--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.

Medium

  • 44 p. 14 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1753 .M61

Library of Congress Control Number

  • ca05001758

Online Format

  • image

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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:

Meyen, H. The ball room guide, being a compendium of the theory, practice, and etiquette of dancing, embracing the newest quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, &c., also, the Meyen quadrille. New York, E. & J. Magnus, 1852. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca05001758/.

APA citation style:

Meyen, H. (1852) The ball room guide, being a compendium of the theory, practice, and etiquette of dancing, embracing the newest quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, &c., also, the Meyen quadrille. New York, E. & J. Magnus. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca05001758/.

MLA citation style:

Meyen, H. The ball room guide, being a compendium of the theory, practice, and etiquette of dancing, embracing the newest quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, &c., also, the Meyen quadrille. New York, E. & J. Magnus, 1852. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca05001758/>.