How To Dance Through Time, Volume VI

A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances

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Volume VI of the How to Dance Through Time series reveals the interplay of flirtatious 19th century group ballroom dances, including the Grand March, Lancers’ Quadrille, and The Cotillion (Le Cotillon). This delightful video guides a choreographer in reenacting a stately and entertaining 1800s ball!An extravagant social event, dancers attending a ball, parade around the room to view prospective dance partners—and be viewed by others—in the Grand March. Next, learn the Lancers’ Quadrille, a popular forerunner to the American square dance. Comprised of five sections, it exhibits a wide variety of the period’s fluid, geometric patterns. Lastly, the coquettish Cotillon gives dancers many opportunities to pick and choose new partners in a complex, flirtatious series of dancing games.Most people who buy this DVD also buy the Companion CD.With 40 years of experience teaching and performing dance, Carol Téten provides clear instructions and entertaining context.

DVD run-time: 48 minutes

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These instructional videos will be invaluable to choreographers who create dances for period films or for cotillions and charity balls. Dance On Camera Journal
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As with all videos in the How to Dance Through Time series, the dances in Volume VI 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. Close up and slow motion views make learning the moves simple and fun.

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.

Volume VI: The Charm of Group Dances

Carol Téten

Jay Brenneman
Justin Bosch
Lawrence Ewing
Sonia Fava
Kenneth Andre Levitt
Sally Van Loon
Tatiana A’Virmond
Megan Watt

David Shepard


Grand March
Lancers Quadrille


The Battle Won by Eduard Holst
The Lancers Quadrilles by F.B. Helmsmuller
Rosen Aus Dem Süden, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss-
Kaiser Walzer, Op 437 by Johann Strauss


The March in File
The Arbor March
March of the Platoons
The Serpentine March


Les Tiroirs  (Drawers)
Forward and back, forward and turn opposite partner
2 Couples: cross over in drawers
All: balance to corners

Les Lignes  (Lines)
Forward and back, forward leaving the lady in center
Chassez to the right and left, turn partner to place
Form 2 lines: All forward and back, forward, turn partners to place.

Les Moulinets  (The Stars)
Forward and back, forward again. Salute, return to place
Ladies form a star with right hands, reverse with left hands
Give right hands to partners, return to place.

Les Visites  (The visits)
Visit the couple on the right. Salute. Repeat to the couple on the left
Chassez four, to right and left, turn partners to places
Right and left, across and back

Les Lanciers  (the Lancers)
Grand chain
The lead couple: promenade round and face outward, other couples line up behind
All chassez across and back
2 lines cast off and return
Join Hands, forward and back, forward, turn partners to place

LE COTILLON (Cotillion figures)

The Handkerchief chase
Discarded Gentleman
Gentlemen Kneeling
Le Grand Rond
The Round Arch
Star and Circle
Changing Windmill
The Windmill
The Flying Scarves
The Long scarves/ Winding Alley
The Chain

Most people who buy this DVD also buy the Companion CD.

HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME: VOLUME VI: A 19th Century Ball: The Charm of Group Dances


6 DVD Set  – HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME: Volumes 1 – 6 


Anyone with an interest in social history and culture will greatly enjoy these glimpses into the past. Library Journal

Social dance, history, technique, and researched choreography all come together in Dancetime Publications’ latest videos… an ideal addition to any traditional ballroom dancer’s video collection. Dancing U.S.A.

Through well organized instruction, professional cinematography, sumptuous period costumes, and the cheerfully stentorian narration of Dance through Time founder Carol Téten, they provide an unexpectedly engaging look at dance forms of times past. Dance Teacher Now

These instructional videos will be invaluable to choreographers who create dances for period films or for cotillions and charity balls. They preserve the art form and provide the story of the cultural phenomenon, thus making a perfect addition to dance, design, and anthropological libraries. Dance On Camera Journal

The organization of the material in each of these sets is first to go over each step of a dance several times in different tempos, from different angles, and with full explanations by the creator and head of the company, Carol Téten. You can watch, then skip back and try the steps yourself as you watch a second time, and over and over until you have it down pat. Brattleboro Reformer, Keene, N.H.

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