A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances (How to Dance Through Time, Volume VI) reveals the interplay of the flirtatious group dances in the ballroom. The Grand March is the elegant ceremonial opening to the Ball, where all the participants view their perspective dance partners for the evening. The popular Lancers Quadrille, a square dance, is rich with a wealth of picturesque geometric patterns, designed for four couples. The famous Cotillon figures enable dancers to flirt, while performing improvisational dancing games. Professional dancers demonstrate steps in slow motion, close up and/ or over head camera views. Historical information, with original illustrations, illuminate the historical role of each dance. As with all videos in the How to Dance Through Time series, the dances are introduced with a concise, historical overview and illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. The steps were carefully researched from period manuscripts and are recreations of historical dances. Dance historian and choreographer Carol Téten is an engaging presence in the series, providing historical context and calling out dance instructions as professional dancers demonstrate. Following each instructional section, dancers from the Dance Through Time company perform with authentic music and fashions of the era.
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