After I saw Love & Friendship back in June, I mentioned in my post on the Kentucky Reel that I would talk about the dance scene in more detail once I could get my hands on the DVD and watch it more carefully. That having finally occurred this month, here are a few thoughts.
The short version is that while the music is accurate to the era, which is a pleasant change from many other Jane Austen adaptations, and the scene effectively captures the general feel of a small, informal dance of that era, the actual choreography fails in the details. There are just too many alterations to the traditional choreography to call it truly authentic. But it's a reasonable effort, much better done than in most Austen films, and many of the modifications are at least nineteenth-century in style, so overall it does not irritate me the way other, more wildly inaccurate, dance scenes do.