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December 19, 2022


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Nice. Are you going to do a C&K about your newer ideas regarding Regency country steps or is there not enough there there yet?

The essential question is, while Wilson gives the French quadrille steps for use in country dancing, he does that very late in the Regency era, and he's the only one who does. Wilson was a little OCD and clearly would have liked everyone to do everything by the rules, which as usual does not reflect how things went in the real world, but I don't generally find him outright WRONG. And usually he's more behind the times than ahead of them. But even if you grant those steps for late 1810s, it can't really be correct to use them earlier, in the "extended Regency" from the 1780s on - it's not clear they were even fully developed in France that early. So...what were they doing in 1800? Or 1790? I have some thoughts on this, but they aren't fully developed yet. And the last several years I've been working intensely on other periods and places.

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