Dance With co uk
Dance with History 1600 to 1800
1603 Elizabeth I
"Queen Elizabeth herself was...
an eager dancer who still
performed the vigorous galliard at the age of
Woodcut taken from an oil painting hanging in Penshurst Palace
depicting the Earl of Leicester dancing La Volta with Queen Elizabeth I.
1651 The English Dancing
This Art, Anciently commended as Excellent for Recreation,
after more serious Studies, making the body active and strong, graceful
in deportment, and a quality very much beseeming a Gentleman"
1657 Oliver Cromwell dances till dawn
"During the Commonwealth (1649-1660) ... private dancing was consider
an acceptable activity, as illustrated by the fact that the Lord
Protector Oliver Cromwell himself danced till dawn at a ball to
celebrate his daughter's wedding."
"The wedding feast [for Cromwell's daughter] scaled new heights of
magnificence, not only were there forty-eight violins and fifty
trumpets, but also "mixt dancing" until five o'clock in the morning"
Antonia Fraser "Cromwell -
chief of men" (1973)
1774 The Pleasure of Dancing
"If this passion for dancing is a fault, I will gladly confess I know
of nothing I value more. And if there is something on my mind, I pound
out a quadrille and everything immediately is all right again."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Suffering of Young Werther"