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August 21, 2017


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I suddenly realize that the first known cutting-in is in "La Caccia d'Amore". It's certainly not a direct connection but it's amusing how same ideas pop out here and there throughout dance history.
For the first mixer returning to the partner seems an important thing for the author, while the second one doesn't care. This might tell something about changing ballroom customs, or maybe not.

Now I am trying to think whether there are any other earlier cutting-in dances...

The dance that really resembles that one part of La Caccia is the Round Two-Step.

Both Rencontre and the Touch Figure go back to the 19th century, but I'm not sure which is older. I could look into that.

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