Dance with History 1800 to 1900

1812 "Waltz first danced in England"

Source Rust

1813 Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

[Sir William Lucas] "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr Darcy! - There is nothing like dancing after all. - I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies."

[Mr. Darcy] "Certainly, Sir; - and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. - Every savage can dance"

Source Thompson

1816 A Companion to the Ballroom

by Thomas Wilson

"Changing partners in all Balls and Assemblies ought to be optional, as in many companies it is more properly convenient."

Source Thompson

1890s "Rumba arose in Havana"

(Source: see Rumba)

1895 Waltz

"The Waltz is the favourite dance of modern times and has held its own for the last fifty years. Good Waltzing means good dancing, and you cannot be said to dance unless you Waltz."

"Modern Etiquette in Public and Private" by Frederick Warne and Co.
Source Rust

1896 Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

"The biggest dance halls were in Lancashire... The Empress Ballroom flourished throughout the summer, holding some three thousand dancers."

Source Franks

1898 Arthur Morris of Leeds

"Arthur Morris of Leeds wrote the tune for and arranged the dance, Veleta, probably the most popular sequence dance of all time."

Source Wainwright

1899 Blackpool Tower Ballroom opens


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