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Written by Jim Morris
(5/10/2013 7:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Importance of Dance in P&P, penned by BarbaraB
A while back I commented on there being no mention anywhere of where/how they all learned to dance and the content of the different dances. I've read the histories, Wilson's book of dance instruction etc of the time, but it just seemed a little odd that no mention is made of any dance other than at the assembly/balls etc, with dance being such an important social asset. Longbourne seems to have a lively community, but it's hardly a metropolis with dance schools etc.
In my own youth dance too was highly important if you wished to meet girls, and we learned at youth clubs etc. I'm sure it's all easily explained, but just found it rather odd that so little is mentioned outside of formal gatherings. The gentry would obviously have much more opportunity since even the somewhat reclusively anti-social, Darcy was praised on his skills by Sir William, but what of the village girls? Again, this is in no way intended to detract from the excellent group read, just something of great interest to me personally.
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