Part 1 (Dance context) explores the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving.
Part 2 (Dance forms) examines the nature and evolution of the period’s main types of dance.
Part 3 (Dance Technicalities) has in-depth sections on ‘Style’, ‘Etiquette’, ‘Honours’, ‘Holds’, ‘Formations’, ‘Figures’ and ‘Steps’.
Part 5 (Dancing Masters) is devoted to developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and offers an annotated bibliography of primary sources.
Part 4 (Dances in Detail) offers reconstructions, music and source comparisons for the following dances of the period:
Blasis’ New Set of Quadrilles; The Cinderella Cotillion; Cotillion-mazurka for any number; Cotillion-mazurka for 3 couples; Cotillion-mazurka for more W; Cotillion-mazurka for 4 couples; Cotillion with cushion /Cushion dance(3); Fancy Quadrille Figures; The Five Step Waltz (1); Ecossaise Waltzer; Galop (1) / Galopade (1; La Galopade (2); Highland Reel; Hull’s Victory; Lady’s Triumph / The Triumph (3); The London Polka Quadrille; Mazurka Quadrille (2); The Mazurka Quadrille (3); The Mazurka Quadrille (4); Mazurka Waltz (1) / La Cellarius; Minuet (3); Polonaise (4); Portland Fancy; The Redowa (1); The Royal Gallopade; The Serious Family Polka; Sir Roger de Coverley (3) / Virginia Reel (1); Soldier’s Joy (2); Spanish Dance (2) / Spanish Waltz (1); Spanish Waltz (2); Swedish Dance (1), (2) and (3); La Tempête (2); Triolet; Triolet Waltzer; Waltz (3) / Valse à deux Temps; Waltz (4) / Valse à trois temps; Waltz Cotillion; The Waverley Quadrilles / Quadrille Francais(2b); Wiener Waltz.
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