Question about dancing and balls
Posted by Tess on December 07, 1997 at 21:22:37:
I have been wondering how couples, when they stood up to dance, knew which dance to perform. Were the names of the dances announced before each one? Was there a "program" of sorts at balls? What if, heaven forfend, one stood up with a handsome young gentleman with 10,000 a year, only to find that when the music began, one knew neither the figures nor the steps to the dance? (Although I am sure this would not happen to any of Jane Austen's heroines!)
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