The Programme of Dancing

A programme of dancing is given to the guests on their arrival; and this example should be followed in any thing more than a mere "carpet dance".


The dances should, in any case, be arranged beforehand, and it is convenient and inexpensive to have them printed on their cards, the numbered dances on one side, and numbered lines for engagements on the other. A better plan is to have a card of two pages, with dances on one page, and spaces for engagements on the opposite one. These shut together and prevent pencil-marks being rubbed off. A pencil should be attached by a ribbon; but gentlemen should make a memo always to provide themselves with a small gold or silver pencil-case, so that they may be prepared to write down engagements. A pretty idea has been sometimes carried out - it is that of having the order of dancing printed on small white paper fans-large enough for practical use - one being given to every lady on her arrival.

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From eighteen to twenty-one dances is a convenient number to arrange for; supper causes a convenient break after, say the eleventh dance, and if, at the conclusion, there is still a desire to prolong dancing, one or two extra dances are easily improvised.

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Beadle's dime ball-room companion and guide to dancing, 1868

Dance Influence of Dance Guests
Music French Terms Order of Dances
Programme       Deportment
Ladies Toilette Gentlemen Guide Refreshments
La Tempete Polka Quadrille
Round Dances Spanish Dance Square Dances
Virginia Reel Cotillions Waltz
Sociables Balls Ball Etiquete

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