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"From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance"
by Elizabeth Aldrich
Northwestern University Press, 1991
$24.95 (Check Amazon.com for discount amount)*
Table of Contents
ix List of Illustrations
xi List of Musical Examples
Introduction: The Ballroom as Mirror of a Changing Society in Nineteenth-Century America
I. Dancing, The Most Enchanting of Human Amusements
Part 1 The Utility of dancing
Part 2 Acquiring the Steps
II. Thoughts on Society
Part 1 The Spirit of Social Observances
Part 2 The Importance of Etiquette, or Mischievous Tendencies Corrected
Part 3 Addressed to Women
Part 4 The Supper Table
Part 5 Tobacco, Spitting and Other Violations of Decency
Part 1 The Fashionable Lady
Part 2 The Properly Attired Gentleman
Part 3 The Evils of Tight Lacing
Part 4 Potatoes, Gin and Other Concoctions for Cleaning
IV. The Body: Detractions from and Complements Thereto
Part 1 The Vulgarity of a Foul Mouth and Unclean Hands
Part 2 Rouge, Paints, Hair and General Maxims for Health
V. The Body: Composed and Harmonious
Part 1 Deportment, Grace of Carriage, and the Shrug
Part 2 Walking
Part 3 Bows and Curtseys
Part 4 Conversation and Flirtation
VI. Grace and Folly in the Ballroom
Part 1 Hazards and Blunders of Ballroom Etiquette
Part 2 Arrangements for the Ball
Part 3 The Ballroom: Public and Private
VII. Music and Musicians
Part 1 Singing and Other Diversions
Part 2 Music at the Ball
Part 3 The Manner of Playing the Tunes
VIII. Dances and Party Games
Part 1 The Minuet and Diverse--Group Dances
Part 2 About Waltzing and Other Round Dances
Part 3 Party Games: The German Cotillion
SYNOPSIS:Ballroom etiquette was a microcosm of etiquette in the society at large. This book collects over one-hundred excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from 1800-1890 to summarize how ballroom etiquette crystallized every aspect of one's social attainments. Learn step-by-step instructions for various dances, the place of dance in society, as well as a discussion of the changing social roles of men and women in nineteenth-century America.
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