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19th Century Dance Overview (00:32)

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A 19th century ball consisted of group formations and couple dances. This combination provided a social framework.

Grand March (00:56)

The ceremonial processional opened a 19th century ball and allowed participants to observe potential partners. Leaders chose formation patterns.

Grand March Figures (02:22)

View demonstrations of the March in File, Arbor March, March of the Platoons, and Serpentine March.

Quadrille (02:52)

The quadrille features four couples in a square using contra dance figures. Learn about the historical evolution of its class system symbolism. The Lancers Quadrille was popular in the 1840s.

Les Tiroirs (The Drawers) (01:51)

View a demonstration of Les Tiroirs formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Lignes (The Lines) (01:59)

View a demonstration of Les Lignes formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Moulinets (The Stars) (01:30)

View a demonstration of Les Moulinets formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Visites (The Visits) (01:53)

View a demonstration of Les Visites formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Lanciers (The Lancers) (04:07)

View a demonstration of Les Lanciers formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Tiroirs in Costume (01:50)

Dancers in costume demonstrate the "Drawers" formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Lignes in Costume (01:55)

Dancers in costume demonstrate the "Lines" formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Moulinets in Costume (01:25)

Dancers in costume demonstrate the "Stars" formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Visites in Costume (01:48)

Dancers in costume demonstrate the "Visits" formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Les Lanciers in Costume (04:03)

Dancers in costume demonstrate the "Lancers" formation from the Lancers Quadrille.

Le Cotillon (Cotillion Figures) (01:51)

In Cotillion games, dancers changed partners to intermingle. Leaders selected variations based on the Waltz, Polka, and Mazurka. Cotillion represented a democratization of 19th century society.

Waltz Steps (00:58)

View a close up demonstration of the man's and woman's part in the Cotillion dance.

Waltz Demonstration (00:50)

View a close up demonstration of the 19th century Waltz. For an exact breakdown, see "How to Dance Through Time, Vol. I."

Handkerchief Chase (00:35)

Dancers demonstrate the Handkerchief Chase Cotillion figure.

Discarded Gentleman (00:51)

Dancers demonstrate the Discarded Gentleman Cotillion figure.

Gentleman Kneeling (00:40)

Dancers demonstrate the Gentleman Kneeling Cotillion figure.

Le Grand Rond (Grand Round) (00:40)

Dancers demonstrate the Grand Round Cotillion figure.

Round Arch (00:32)

Dancers demonstrate the Round Arch Cotillion figure.

Star and Circle (00:42)

Dancers demonstrate the Star and Circle Cotillion figure, for four or eight couples.

Changing Windmill (00:41)

Dancers demonstrate the Changing Windmill Cotillion figure, for two to four couples.

Windmill (00:52)

Dancers demonstrate the Windmill Cotillion figure, for four or six couples.

Flying Scarves (00:51)

Dancers demonstrate the Flying Scarves Cotillion figure, for two or four couples.

Long Scarves and Winding Alley (01:12)

Dancers demonstrate the Long Scarves and Winding Alley Cotillion figures, for two or four couples.

Chain (00:41)

Dancers demonstrate the Chain Cotillion figure.

Le Cotillon with a Grand March in Performance (05:12)

Costumed dancers perform a Cotillion Grand March, Handkerchief Chase, Kneeling Gentleman, Grand Round, Round Arch, Star and Circle, Windmill, Flying Scarves, and Chain.

Credits: A 19th Century Ball - The Charm of Group Dances: How to Dance Through Time, Volume 6 (00:56)

Credits: A 19th Century Ball - The Charm of Group Dances: How to Dance Through Time, Volume 6

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A 19th Century Ball - The Charm of Group Dances: How to Dance Through Time, Volume 6


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Volume VI of the How to Dance Through Time series reveals social interactions in the 19th century ballroom and demonstrates group dance formations and figures. Dancers parade around the room to view prospective dance partners—and to be viewed by others—in the Grand March. Next, the Lancers’ Quadrille, a forerunner to the American square dance, exhibits a variety of the period’s fluid, geometric patterns in five sections. Lastly, the coquettish Cotillon gives dancers many opportunities to pick and choose new partners in a series of complex, flirtatious dancing games that symbolized the democratization of late 19th century society.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL60395

Copyright date: ©2001

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