The second and final post in my August cotillion mini-series, in which things get weird! The Birth of the Doves -- does that title not just fill one with fear? -- is taken from St. Louis dancing master Jacob Mahler's 1900 compilation Original Cotillion Figures. It was attributed to W. L. Curtis of Utica, New York. This is one of those cotillion figures that either awes or horrifies you with the amount of effort people went to to throw impressive parties in the late nineteenth century.
Interestingly, this cotillion has a specific piece of music: "The Dove's Return", by Fred T. Baker, which dates from around 1893, when it was published as #8725 in the long-running Musical Bouquet series of sheet music. A detail from the cover is at left; click to enlarge.
Given the music, the dance for this cotillion is obviously the waltz. The instructions note that this figure should be the last of the evening, and that the "spectacular effect" is beautiful.
It's certainly a spectacle.