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Vintage dance steps and etiquette advice. How to polka, waltz, and 2-step; also how to be an exquisite lady or gentleman at a formal. Adapted from "Book of Etiquette, Volume II" by Lillian Eichler, 1921 and other sources.

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  • When the Guest Does Not Dance
    on Sep 8, 2012 in Etiquette
    Always at a dance, formal or informal, there are guests who do not dance. Usually they are men, for there is rarely a woman who does not know the steps of the latest dances—that is, if she ever does accept invitations at all. But "the guest who doe...
  • The Quadrille
    on Jan 9, 2012 in Dance Steps
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  • Dancing Positions
    on Feb 17, 2011 in Men Etiquette Women
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  • The Charm of Dress in Dancing
    on Mar 11, 2010 in Dress
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  • What Makes A Young Girl A Ballroom Success
    on Feb 9, 2010 in Debutantes
    Adapted from Miss Emily PostA pessimistic one might suppose that a ballroom is always a chamber of torture and the young girl taken as an example above, a very drab and distorted caricature of what "a real young girl" should be and is. But remember,...
  • The Polka
    on Feb 21, 2009 in Dance Steps
    In the polka there an but two principal steps, all others belong to fancy dances, and much mischief and inconvenience is likely to arise from their improper introduction into the ball-room.First step. The gentleman raises the left foot slightly behin...
  • Women's Accessories
    on Aug 23, 2008 in Dress Women
    The woman wears her most elaborate evening wrap to the ball. Soft materials in light shades are suggested, with trimmings of fur for the winter months. A wrap of old blue or old rose velvet with a collar of white fog is becoming and attractive when...
  • Women's Accessories for a Ball
    on Aug 23, 2008 in Dress Women
    The woman wears her most elaborate evening wrap to the ball. Soft materials in light shades are suggested, with trimmings of fur for the winter months. A wrap of old blue or old rose velvet with a collar of white fog is becoming and attractive when...
  • Ballroom Dancing: Women's Accessories
    on Aug 23, 2008 in Dress Women
    The woman wears her most elaborate evening wrap to the ball. Soft materials in light shades are suggested, with trimmings of fur for the winter months. A wrap of old blue or old rose velvet with a collar of white fog is becoming and attractive when...
  • What a Gentleman Wears to the Ball
    on Aug 21, 2008 in Dress Men
    In summer, the gentleman may wear a complete suit of gray with a white duck waistcoat and light linen to the afternoon dance, completing his costume with black patent leather shoes or oxford ties, light gray gloves, and straw hat with black and white...
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