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From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance

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Publisher Comments:

During the 1800s, dance and etiquette manuals provided ordinary men and women with the keys to becoming gentlemen and ladies--and thus advancing in society. Why dance? To the insecure and status-oriented upper middle class, the ballroom embodied the perfect setting in which to demonstrate one's fitness for membership in genteel society.

From the Ballroom to Hell collects over 100 little-known excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from the nineteenth century. Included are instructions for performing various dances, as well as musical scores, costume patterns, and the proper way to hold one's posture, fork, gloves, and fan. While of particular interest to dancers, dance historians, and choreographers, anyone fascinated by the ways and mores of the period will find From the Ballroom to Hell an endearing and informative glimpse of America's past.

Book News Annotation:

In this entertaining glimpse into the manners and mores of a bygone era, Aldrich collects some 100 little-known excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from roughly 1800-1890. Included are step-by-step instructions for performing the various quadrilles, minuets, and waltzes, as well as musical scores, costume patterns, and the proper way to hold one's posture, fork, gloves, and fan. An excellent introduction provides the context. With b&w illustrations.
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Synopsis:

'From The Ballroom To Hell' collects over one hundred little-known excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from roughly 1800-1890. It will be of great interest to dancers and dance historians, choreographers, and dramatists interested in accurately reproducing nineteenth-century dance scenes and the surrounding social mechanisms.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-197) and index.

About the Author

Elizabeth Aldrich is director of the International Early Dance Institute and is president of the Society of Dance History Scholars. Co-founder of the Historical Dance Foundation, she is a consultant to the Smithsonian Institute and has choreographed for the American Ballroom Theatre, the New York Baroque dance Company, and the Court Dance Company of New York. Ms. Aldrich has provided reconstructions and choreography for several major feature films, including Mr. and Mrs. Bridge starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Mina Mulvey, who wrote the forward to this volume is Executive Editor of Good Housekeeping.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Musical Examples

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Ballroom as a Mirror of a Changing Society in Nineteenth-Century America

I. Dancing, the Most Enchanting of Human Amusements

II. Thoughts on Society

III. Fashion

IV. The Body: Detractions from and Compliments Thereto

V. The Body: Composed and Harmonious

VI. Grace and Folly in the Ballroom

VII. Music and Musicians

VIII. Dances and Part Games

Notes

Select Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810109131
Designed:
Mulvey, Mina
Author:
Mulvey, Mina
Designed by:
Mulvey, Mina
Designed:
Mulvey, Mina
Author:
Aldrich, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Etiquette
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dance - General
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Subject:
Manners and customs
Subject:
Dance - Ballroom
Subject:
Dance -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Social history -- 19th century.
Subject:
Dance - Classical & Ballet
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
101-400
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
225
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , 'From The Ballroom To Hell' collects over one hundred little-known excerpts from dance, etiquette, beauty, and fashion manuals from roughly 1800-1890. It will be of great interest to dancers and dance historians, choreographers, and dramatists interested in accurately reproducing nineteenth-century dance scenes and the surrounding social mechanisms.
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