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August 19, 2008

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Interesting. That's not at all how you make a bow in not-dancing. When do you do the curtsey?

I think the only really difference is the footwork, though so few people bow nowadays that it isn't something I have much experience with!

Stay tuned for the courtesy and the exciting discussion of when ladies bow instead! It was going to all be one post but it was getting unwieldy so I split it up.

I have another idea of what could mean Grant in his description.

In some places in Victorian era the Quadrille Française was danced not in sets of four couples, but in sets of only two couples, which forms a line.
I mean a formation like this:
L D L D L D
D L D L D L
For example, mentioned above [De Garmo, 1875] describes it at pages 40-42 "Le Quadrille Français as danced in Paris". There are lots of other books with similar descriptions (e.g., most of russian books of late XIX century).

In such a formation you have no side couples, and any gentlemen has only two ladies in his set. The first lady is his partner, and the second lady stays in the opposite line. So the Grant's description fits such a formation very well.

Where are the illustrations of men bowing from?

Chase: Ferraro and Hillgrove, as is clearly noted in the captions of the illustrations. The titles and dates of their books are in the bibliography at the end of the post.

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