19th Century Ball, A: The Charm of Group Dances
A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances is the sixth in the How To Dance Through Time video series. This video reveals the flirtatious interplay of the group dances in the ballroom. The Grand March is the elegant ceremonial opening to the ball. It enables all the participants to view their perspective dance partners for the evening’s activities. The Lancers Quadrille is a popular Square dance formation of the 19th century. Its five sections display a mini-encyclopedia of fluid geometric patterns. The Cotillon figures offer opportunities for dancers to “mix n’ match” as well as to feature their dancing expertise, through improvisational dancing games. Professional dancers demonstrate the patterns with both aerial and front camera views. Each dance is introduced with historical information, illuminating the social context of the dances. Original illustrations accompany the descriptions. The dances are performed with appropriate music and fashions of the era.
This video is a very good demonstration of the group dances of The Grand March, The Lancers Quadrille and The Cotillon. Anyone interested in history and especially the history of these dances and how these dances are performed will be very entertained by this video. The dances are introduced very well and someone who has some dancing experience will be able to follow the instruction.