Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About … The Waltz.

Let's start at the very beginning.

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Actually this looks like fun

Where did the waltz come from?
Back to pretty much the dawn of history, Rural folk frolicked in their traditional folk revelries with pair dances and circle dances and line dances  of all kinds. This stuff that doesn't get into the archeological record. Literate folk saw no reason to record the details.
But we have pictures.

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A Contre Dance Allemande

Polite ballroom dances like the waltz evolved out of this madness.

So did "country dancing", which was what they were doing in English assembly halls and ballrooms in late Eighteenth Century to early 1800s. These were not so much "country" as in 'I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool' but "Contre". Contre-dance — highly mannered French group dance. Kinda like . . . well . . . square dancing.

Here's an example of a country dance. See Darcy and Elizabeth talk while they dance. That's a conversation all snipped up and intermittent, isn't it?

But country dances were also somewhat like this on the right.
Touching goes on. Arms around waists. Side to side touching. Emotion. "All the feels", so to speak. Hubba hubba.
Dancing madness in a contre-dance.

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In 1806 Waltzing sneaks in

Anyhow, those wild and crazy Europeans waltzed in their ballrooms long before the dance leapt the Channel. Ye Staid Old English considered waltzing risqué in 1790 and 1800. A man touching a woman's body with only four layers of clothing in between? His hand resting on her back! Horrors!

Many a waltz sneaked in under the radar in the early years of the century.Not quite quite dancing. Vulgar dancing.

 

But so much fun. By 1810 to 1812, social leaders like the Countess of Shaftesbury and the Duchess of Devonshire played the waltz at their balls.  The waltz had arrived.

In 1810 a man could write,  

"To see so many lovely and elegant young women moving with grace and activity, their charming faces light up with pleasure, and their eyes sparkling at the admiration they excited, was, to an old fellow like me, a sight truly delightful, though I could not help agreeing with Werter, who said, his wife should never dance a waltz."
                                   the Royal Cornwall Gazette (17th November 1810).

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The wild, wild waltz

In 1811,

". . . he passes his arms along hers, and holds her by the elbows; she does the same to him; and when the dance begins, he dances round with her, turning towards the left . . . , If there be room enough, the Gentleman holds his partner by the tips of the fingers. Certainly the dance now in question is danced in a far different way among the inferior orders of society, as they hold each other tight by the middle, and thus in each others embrace go round like whirligigs."
         Morning Post in 1811

Elbow holding. What is the world coming to?

So why was the waltz so shocking to contemporaries?  Maybe not so much what managed to get touched . . . but for how long.  I think, the uneasiness was about extended physical connection. Long eye contact. Maybe even the chance to hold an uninterrupted conversation.  Radical idea, men and women talking.

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The somewhat less wild waltz

A contemporary said, "it is susceptible of degrees of personal familiarity which render it liable to gross abuse."
Who shall disagree?

What's your favorite dance to do or to watch? English Country Dancing? American Square? Clogging? Irish Dance?
One lucky commenter takes home their choice of one of my books.
 

 

280 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About … The Waltz.”

  1. Ballet! 🙂 But then that’s what I grew up with.
    As for dances anyone can do, I’m not really sure. I have family heavily involved in Irish dance, and it seems as much effort goes into NOT moving the body as goes into making the feet move like crazy. It’s fascinating to watch, but these days it’s all garish costumes, spray tans and wigs. Toddlers and Tiaras…
    So many people assume the waltz was always danced. They think of the “olden days” and they immediately think of it.

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  2. Ballet! 🙂 But then that’s what I grew up with.
    As for dances anyone can do, I’m not really sure. I have family heavily involved in Irish dance, and it seems as much effort goes into NOT moving the body as goes into making the feet move like crazy. It’s fascinating to watch, but these days it’s all garish costumes, spray tans and wigs. Toddlers and Tiaras…
    So many people assume the waltz was always danced. They think of the “olden days” and they immediately think of it.

    Reply
  3. Ballet! 🙂 But then that’s what I grew up with.
    As for dances anyone can do, I’m not really sure. I have family heavily involved in Irish dance, and it seems as much effort goes into NOT moving the body as goes into making the feet move like crazy. It’s fascinating to watch, but these days it’s all garish costumes, spray tans and wigs. Toddlers and Tiaras…
    So many people assume the waltz was always danced. They think of the “olden days” and they immediately think of it.

    Reply
  4. Ballet! 🙂 But then that’s what I grew up with.
    As for dances anyone can do, I’m not really sure. I have family heavily involved in Irish dance, and it seems as much effort goes into NOT moving the body as goes into making the feet move like crazy. It’s fascinating to watch, but these days it’s all garish costumes, spray tans and wigs. Toddlers and Tiaras…
    So many people assume the waltz was always danced. They think of the “olden days” and they immediately think of it.

    Reply
  5. Ballet! 🙂 But then that’s what I grew up with.
    As for dances anyone can do, I’m not really sure. I have family heavily involved in Irish dance, and it seems as much effort goes into NOT moving the body as goes into making the feet move like crazy. It’s fascinating to watch, but these days it’s all garish costumes, spray tans and wigs. Toddlers and Tiaras…
    So many people assume the waltz was always danced. They think of the “olden days” and they immediately think of it.

    Reply
  6. Joanna, I like your picture of the country folk having a really good time. *G* As a kid, I sometimes did square dancing and it was a whole lot of fun. As the folk in all your pictures are having fun. How jolly it would be to gather with other folk who were seldom seen, have real live music, and burn all that energy! And then have a drink of something cool while looking shyly at your partners. There’s a reason why dancing has always been popular.

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  7. Joanna, I like your picture of the country folk having a really good time. *G* As a kid, I sometimes did square dancing and it was a whole lot of fun. As the folk in all your pictures are having fun. How jolly it would be to gather with other folk who were seldom seen, have real live music, and burn all that energy! And then have a drink of something cool while looking shyly at your partners. There’s a reason why dancing has always been popular.

    Reply
  8. Joanna, I like your picture of the country folk having a really good time. *G* As a kid, I sometimes did square dancing and it was a whole lot of fun. As the folk in all your pictures are having fun. How jolly it would be to gather with other folk who were seldom seen, have real live music, and burn all that energy! And then have a drink of something cool while looking shyly at your partners. There’s a reason why dancing has always been popular.

    Reply
  9. Joanna, I like your picture of the country folk having a really good time. *G* As a kid, I sometimes did square dancing and it was a whole lot of fun. As the folk in all your pictures are having fun. How jolly it would be to gather with other folk who were seldom seen, have real live music, and burn all that energy! And then have a drink of something cool while looking shyly at your partners. There’s a reason why dancing has always been popular.

    Reply
  10. Joanna, I like your picture of the country folk having a really good time. *G* As a kid, I sometimes did square dancing and it was a whole lot of fun. As the folk in all your pictures are having fun. How jolly it would be to gather with other folk who were seldom seen, have real live music, and burn all that energy! And then have a drink of something cool while looking shyly at your partners. There’s a reason why dancing has always been popular.

    Reply
  11. This exchange between Mr. Darcy and Sir William proves the whole idea that dancing had very ancient origins according to Ms. Austen.
    “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”
    Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”
    Sir William: “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    Mr. Darcy: “Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance.”

    Reply
  12. This exchange between Mr. Darcy and Sir William proves the whole idea that dancing had very ancient origins according to Ms. Austen.
    “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”
    Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”
    Sir William: “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    Mr. Darcy: “Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance.”

    Reply
  13. This exchange between Mr. Darcy and Sir William proves the whole idea that dancing had very ancient origins according to Ms. Austen.
    “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”
    Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”
    Sir William: “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    Mr. Darcy: “Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance.”

    Reply
  14. This exchange between Mr. Darcy and Sir William proves the whole idea that dancing had very ancient origins according to Ms. Austen.
    “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”
    Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”
    Sir William: “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    Mr. Darcy: “Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance.”

    Reply
  15. This exchange between Mr. Darcy and Sir William proves the whole idea that dancing had very ancient origins according to Ms. Austen.
    “Do you dance, Mr. Darcy?”
    Darcy: “Not if I can help it!”
    Sir William: “What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”
    Mr. Darcy: “Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance.”

    Reply
  16. It’s a funny thing because what my husband and I prefer to dance is – waltz. I’ve asked him before answering your question and that was his answer – My favourite dance? Waltz, I guess.
    Years ago we took some classes of dancing, classical dances as waltz and also Latin rhythms, salsa, pasodoble, rumba, tango, but all those dances were very difficult. Tango is absolutely crazy. Salsa is funny and sexy but it requires some agility that we just didn’t have.
    The good thing about waltz is that it’s very easy to start dancing it. A couple of classes and since then, we are the stars in any wedding! The first dance between the newlyweds is usually a dance, first they alone and then with averybody that attends to the wedding.
    And another good thing about waltz is that it doesn’t matter that my husband is quite tall and I’m, well, I’m not.

    Reply
  17. It’s a funny thing because what my husband and I prefer to dance is – waltz. I’ve asked him before answering your question and that was his answer – My favourite dance? Waltz, I guess.
    Years ago we took some classes of dancing, classical dances as waltz and also Latin rhythms, salsa, pasodoble, rumba, tango, but all those dances were very difficult. Tango is absolutely crazy. Salsa is funny and sexy but it requires some agility that we just didn’t have.
    The good thing about waltz is that it’s very easy to start dancing it. A couple of classes and since then, we are the stars in any wedding! The first dance between the newlyweds is usually a dance, first they alone and then with averybody that attends to the wedding.
    And another good thing about waltz is that it doesn’t matter that my husband is quite tall and I’m, well, I’m not.

    Reply
  18. It’s a funny thing because what my husband and I prefer to dance is – waltz. I’ve asked him before answering your question and that was his answer – My favourite dance? Waltz, I guess.
    Years ago we took some classes of dancing, classical dances as waltz and also Latin rhythms, salsa, pasodoble, rumba, tango, but all those dances were very difficult. Tango is absolutely crazy. Salsa is funny and sexy but it requires some agility that we just didn’t have.
    The good thing about waltz is that it’s very easy to start dancing it. A couple of classes and since then, we are the stars in any wedding! The first dance between the newlyweds is usually a dance, first they alone and then with averybody that attends to the wedding.
    And another good thing about waltz is that it doesn’t matter that my husband is quite tall and I’m, well, I’m not.

    Reply
  19. It’s a funny thing because what my husband and I prefer to dance is – waltz. I’ve asked him before answering your question and that was his answer – My favourite dance? Waltz, I guess.
    Years ago we took some classes of dancing, classical dances as waltz and also Latin rhythms, salsa, pasodoble, rumba, tango, but all those dances were very difficult. Tango is absolutely crazy. Salsa is funny and sexy but it requires some agility that we just didn’t have.
    The good thing about waltz is that it’s very easy to start dancing it. A couple of classes and since then, we are the stars in any wedding! The first dance between the newlyweds is usually a dance, first they alone and then with averybody that attends to the wedding.
    And another good thing about waltz is that it doesn’t matter that my husband is quite tall and I’m, well, I’m not.

    Reply
  20. It’s a funny thing because what my husband and I prefer to dance is – waltz. I’ve asked him before answering your question and that was his answer – My favourite dance? Waltz, I guess.
    Years ago we took some classes of dancing, classical dances as waltz and also Latin rhythms, salsa, pasodoble, rumba, tango, but all those dances were very difficult. Tango is absolutely crazy. Salsa is funny and sexy but it requires some agility that we just didn’t have.
    The good thing about waltz is that it’s very easy to start dancing it. A couple of classes and since then, we are the stars in any wedding! The first dance between the newlyweds is usually a dance, first they alone and then with averybody that attends to the wedding.
    And another good thing about waltz is that it doesn’t matter that my husband is quite tall and I’m, well, I’m not.

    Reply
  21. I like to watch ballroom dancing, and swing — I would love to learn swing dancing. I can follow any man who leads well when it comes to slow and jitterbug rock n roll, and disco. Lol.

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  22. I like to watch ballroom dancing, and swing — I would love to learn swing dancing. I can follow any man who leads well when it comes to slow and jitterbug rock n roll, and disco. Lol.

    Reply
  23. I like to watch ballroom dancing, and swing — I would love to learn swing dancing. I can follow any man who leads well when it comes to slow and jitterbug rock n roll, and disco. Lol.

    Reply
  24. I like to watch ballroom dancing, and swing — I would love to learn swing dancing. I can follow any man who leads well when it comes to slow and jitterbug rock n roll, and disco. Lol.

    Reply
  25. I like to watch ballroom dancing, and swing — I would love to learn swing dancing. I can follow any man who leads well when it comes to slow and jitterbug rock n roll, and disco. Lol.

    Reply
  26. I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency.
    And they seem to have so much fun. It’s a social activity, it looks like.

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  27. I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency.
    And they seem to have so much fun. It’s a social activity, it looks like.

    Reply
  28. I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency.
    And they seem to have so much fun. It’s a social activity, it looks like.

    Reply
  29. I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency.
    And they seem to have so much fun. It’s a social activity, it looks like.

    Reply
  30. I am terribly impressed by the reenactors who do English Country Dancing as it would have existed in the Regency.
    And they seem to have so much fun. It’s a social activity, it looks like.

    Reply
  31. Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you’d find fellow enthusiasts who’d be glad to teach you.
    Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

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  32. Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you’d find fellow enthusiasts who’d be glad to teach you.
    Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    Reply
  33. Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you’d find fellow enthusiasts who’d be glad to teach you.
    Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    Reply
  34. Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you’d find fellow enthusiasts who’d be glad to teach you.
    Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    Reply
  35. Now if you happen to live where they do English Country Dance or one of the other traditional dances, you’d find fellow enthusiasts who’d be glad to teach you.
    Are there similar groups for Waltz and Ballroom Dancing? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    Reply
  36. What a fun post! Like Bona, my favorite is the one I can dance with my husband; only for us it’s the foxtrot. I know, I know. It’s the weirdly hard one that looks easy, but it’s on the only one we can do together.
    We took lessons when we were fixing to get married, and the instructor had us switch up partners to take the pressure off, as we were clearly all terrible. I think that worked pretty well for the other couples. My hubby and I, however, were a disaster when we had to dance with each other.
    The instructor asked for our first dances, which was thoughtful, and we were supposed to learn how to dance to them. Ours is “Strangers in the Night” (Sinatra’s dooby dooby doo). Our instructor, bless her heart, about died! I guess it’s a bolero and she realized that we were doomed. So she tried a simple version of the Foxtrot and against all odds, we can pull off a passable, but not exciting version.
    I think that we’d like to be able to tango, or even polka. They look like fun. It’s just that learning together was so torturous, those may be wishes on rainbows.
    We have one dance, but it’s ours.
    At least it’s a 4/4, so we can adapt it to a lot of songs. And, it’s a real dance, not just the “Hug-N-Sway”, right?

    Reply
  37. What a fun post! Like Bona, my favorite is the one I can dance with my husband; only for us it’s the foxtrot. I know, I know. It’s the weirdly hard one that looks easy, but it’s on the only one we can do together.
    We took lessons when we were fixing to get married, and the instructor had us switch up partners to take the pressure off, as we were clearly all terrible. I think that worked pretty well for the other couples. My hubby and I, however, were a disaster when we had to dance with each other.
    The instructor asked for our first dances, which was thoughtful, and we were supposed to learn how to dance to them. Ours is “Strangers in the Night” (Sinatra’s dooby dooby doo). Our instructor, bless her heart, about died! I guess it’s a bolero and she realized that we were doomed. So she tried a simple version of the Foxtrot and against all odds, we can pull off a passable, but not exciting version.
    I think that we’d like to be able to tango, or even polka. They look like fun. It’s just that learning together was so torturous, those may be wishes on rainbows.
    We have one dance, but it’s ours.
    At least it’s a 4/4, so we can adapt it to a lot of songs. And, it’s a real dance, not just the “Hug-N-Sway”, right?

    Reply
  38. What a fun post! Like Bona, my favorite is the one I can dance with my husband; only for us it’s the foxtrot. I know, I know. It’s the weirdly hard one that looks easy, but it’s on the only one we can do together.
    We took lessons when we were fixing to get married, and the instructor had us switch up partners to take the pressure off, as we were clearly all terrible. I think that worked pretty well for the other couples. My hubby and I, however, were a disaster when we had to dance with each other.
    The instructor asked for our first dances, which was thoughtful, and we were supposed to learn how to dance to them. Ours is “Strangers in the Night” (Sinatra’s dooby dooby doo). Our instructor, bless her heart, about died! I guess it’s a bolero and she realized that we were doomed. So she tried a simple version of the Foxtrot and against all odds, we can pull off a passable, but not exciting version.
    I think that we’d like to be able to tango, or even polka. They look like fun. It’s just that learning together was so torturous, those may be wishes on rainbows.
    We have one dance, but it’s ours.
    At least it’s a 4/4, so we can adapt it to a lot of songs. And, it’s a real dance, not just the “Hug-N-Sway”, right?

    Reply
  39. What a fun post! Like Bona, my favorite is the one I can dance with my husband; only for us it’s the foxtrot. I know, I know. It’s the weirdly hard one that looks easy, but it’s on the only one we can do together.
    We took lessons when we were fixing to get married, and the instructor had us switch up partners to take the pressure off, as we were clearly all terrible. I think that worked pretty well for the other couples. My hubby and I, however, were a disaster when we had to dance with each other.
    The instructor asked for our first dances, which was thoughtful, and we were supposed to learn how to dance to them. Ours is “Strangers in the Night” (Sinatra’s dooby dooby doo). Our instructor, bless her heart, about died! I guess it’s a bolero and she realized that we were doomed. So she tried a simple version of the Foxtrot and against all odds, we can pull off a passable, but not exciting version.
    I think that we’d like to be able to tango, or even polka. They look like fun. It’s just that learning together was so torturous, those may be wishes on rainbows.
    We have one dance, but it’s ours.
    At least it’s a 4/4, so we can adapt it to a lot of songs. And, it’s a real dance, not just the “Hug-N-Sway”, right?

    Reply
  40. What a fun post! Like Bona, my favorite is the one I can dance with my husband; only for us it’s the foxtrot. I know, I know. It’s the weirdly hard one that looks easy, but it’s on the only one we can do together.
    We took lessons when we were fixing to get married, and the instructor had us switch up partners to take the pressure off, as we were clearly all terrible. I think that worked pretty well for the other couples. My hubby and I, however, were a disaster when we had to dance with each other.
    The instructor asked for our first dances, which was thoughtful, and we were supposed to learn how to dance to them. Ours is “Strangers in the Night” (Sinatra’s dooby dooby doo). Our instructor, bless her heart, about died! I guess it’s a bolero and she realized that we were doomed. So she tried a simple version of the Foxtrot and against all odds, we can pull off a passable, but not exciting version.
    I think that we’d like to be able to tango, or even polka. They look like fun. It’s just that learning together was so torturous, those may be wishes on rainbows.
    We have one dance, but it’s ours.
    At least it’s a 4/4, so we can adapt it to a lot of songs. And, it’s a real dance, not just the “Hug-N-Sway”, right?

    Reply
  41. When I try to dance, I have a thousand left feet at the end of two legs. I learned several dances, including the waltz, but was never very comfortable with them.
    But “I wonder why they never dance the polka; it’s old enough to be as good as new!”(these words are from an early Jerome Kern song, which I couldn’t find on google). Since it was a song from the 1910s or 1920s; it’s certainly time for a revival! And it is one dance I can do!

    Reply
  42. When I try to dance, I have a thousand left feet at the end of two legs. I learned several dances, including the waltz, but was never very comfortable with them.
    But “I wonder why they never dance the polka; it’s old enough to be as good as new!”(these words are from an early Jerome Kern song, which I couldn’t find on google). Since it was a song from the 1910s or 1920s; it’s certainly time for a revival! And it is one dance I can do!

    Reply
  43. When I try to dance, I have a thousand left feet at the end of two legs. I learned several dances, including the waltz, but was never very comfortable with them.
    But “I wonder why they never dance the polka; it’s old enough to be as good as new!”(these words are from an early Jerome Kern song, which I couldn’t find on google). Since it was a song from the 1910s or 1920s; it’s certainly time for a revival! And it is one dance I can do!

    Reply
  44. When I try to dance, I have a thousand left feet at the end of two legs. I learned several dances, including the waltz, but was never very comfortable with them.
    But “I wonder why they never dance the polka; it’s old enough to be as good as new!”(these words are from an early Jerome Kern song, which I couldn’t find on google). Since it was a song from the 1910s or 1920s; it’s certainly time for a revival! And it is one dance I can do!

    Reply
  45. When I try to dance, I have a thousand left feet at the end of two legs. I learned several dances, including the waltz, but was never very comfortable with them.
    But “I wonder why they never dance the polka; it’s old enough to be as good as new!”(these words are from an early Jerome Kern song, which I couldn’t find on google). Since it was a song from the 1910s or 1920s; it’s certainly time for a revival! And it is one dance I can do!

    Reply
  46. I am a competitive ballroom dancer in the midst of finding a high-level dance partner like me with whom to turn professional. I have done this dancing, called International Standard for many years. The dances are as follows: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.
    I love the work in all five dances, but can’t name one as my favorite as they all have a different level of challenge for me as I continue to improve and do the work necessary.
    I enjoyed the story of the evolution of the social waltz you presented. It was one hell of a risque dance. Some men were arrested being seen as the responsible partner to the lady they were supposed to protect.

    Reply
  47. I am a competitive ballroom dancer in the midst of finding a high-level dance partner like me with whom to turn professional. I have done this dancing, called International Standard for many years. The dances are as follows: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.
    I love the work in all five dances, but can’t name one as my favorite as they all have a different level of challenge for me as I continue to improve and do the work necessary.
    I enjoyed the story of the evolution of the social waltz you presented. It was one hell of a risque dance. Some men were arrested being seen as the responsible partner to the lady they were supposed to protect.

    Reply
  48. I am a competitive ballroom dancer in the midst of finding a high-level dance partner like me with whom to turn professional. I have done this dancing, called International Standard for many years. The dances are as follows: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.
    I love the work in all five dances, but can’t name one as my favorite as they all have a different level of challenge for me as I continue to improve and do the work necessary.
    I enjoyed the story of the evolution of the social waltz you presented. It was one hell of a risque dance. Some men were arrested being seen as the responsible partner to the lady they were supposed to protect.

    Reply
  49. I am a competitive ballroom dancer in the midst of finding a high-level dance partner like me with whom to turn professional. I have done this dancing, called International Standard for many years. The dances are as follows: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.
    I love the work in all five dances, but can’t name one as my favorite as they all have a different level of challenge for me as I continue to improve and do the work necessary.
    I enjoyed the story of the evolution of the social waltz you presented. It was one hell of a risque dance. Some men were arrested being seen as the responsible partner to the lady they were supposed to protect.

    Reply
  50. I am a competitive ballroom dancer in the midst of finding a high-level dance partner like me with whom to turn professional. I have done this dancing, called International Standard for many years. The dances are as follows: waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, foxtrot and quickstep.
    I love the work in all five dances, but can’t name one as my favorite as they all have a different level of challenge for me as I continue to improve and do the work necessary.
    I enjoyed the story of the evolution of the social waltz you presented. It was one hell of a risque dance. Some men were arrested being seen as the responsible partner to the lady they were supposed to protect.

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  51. I love watching exuberant dancing like on Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance! Really any dance that really brings out emotion – there have been some wonderful dance performances on America’s Got Talent – some have combined dance with lighting effects.
    I’ve enjoyed square dancing a few times – that can be a lot of fun!

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  52. I love watching exuberant dancing like on Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance! Really any dance that really brings out emotion – there have been some wonderful dance performances on America’s Got Talent – some have combined dance with lighting effects.
    I’ve enjoyed square dancing a few times – that can be a lot of fun!

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  53. I love watching exuberant dancing like on Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance! Really any dance that really brings out emotion – there have been some wonderful dance performances on America’s Got Talent – some have combined dance with lighting effects.
    I’ve enjoyed square dancing a few times – that can be a lot of fun!

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  54. I love watching exuberant dancing like on Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance! Really any dance that really brings out emotion – there have been some wonderful dance performances on America’s Got Talent – some have combined dance with lighting effects.
    I’ve enjoyed square dancing a few times – that can be a lot of fun!

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  55. I love watching exuberant dancing like on Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance! Really any dance that really brings out emotion – there have been some wonderful dance performances on America’s Got Talent – some have combined dance with lighting effects.
    I’ve enjoyed square dancing a few times – that can be a lot of fun!

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  56. I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. The Strathspey is/can be very elegant and also requires eye contact and sometimes continuous hand contact. The music just fills my soul as well as the dance form.

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  57. I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. The Strathspey is/can be very elegant and also requires eye contact and sometimes continuous hand contact. The music just fills my soul as well as the dance form.

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  58. I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. The Strathspey is/can be very elegant and also requires eye contact and sometimes continuous hand contact. The music just fills my soul as well as the dance form.

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  59. I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. The Strathspey is/can be very elegant and also requires eye contact and sometimes continuous hand contact. The music just fills my soul as well as the dance form.

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  60. I enjoy Scottish Country Dancing. The Strathspey is/can be very elegant and also requires eye contact and sometimes continuous hand contact. The music just fills my soul as well as the dance form.

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  61. I love to watch Irish step dancing but I love to square dance. My father was a caller. I even joined a club and took lessons. Now, I just have my memories due to my stenosis.

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  62. I love to watch Irish step dancing but I love to square dance. My father was a caller. I even joined a club and took lessons. Now, I just have my memories due to my stenosis.

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  63. I love to watch Irish step dancing but I love to square dance. My father was a caller. I even joined a club and took lessons. Now, I just have my memories due to my stenosis.

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  64. I love to watch Irish step dancing but I love to square dance. My father was a caller. I even joined a club and took lessons. Now, I just have my memories due to my stenosis.

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  65. I love to watch Irish step dancing but I love to square dance. My father was a caller. I even joined a club and took lessons. Now, I just have my memories due to my stenosis.

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  66. I love the Viennese waltz all that twirling. Never tried it but I love to see it. I would have loved to be around when the waltz was risqué imagine the excitement of it all and the conversations!!!!

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  67. I love the Viennese waltz all that twirling. Never tried it but I love to see it. I would have loved to be around when the waltz was risqué imagine the excitement of it all and the conversations!!!!

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  68. I love the Viennese waltz all that twirling. Never tried it but I love to see it. I would have loved to be around when the waltz was risqué imagine the excitement of it all and the conversations!!!!

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  69. I love the Viennese waltz all that twirling. Never tried it but I love to see it. I would have loved to be around when the waltz was risqué imagine the excitement of it all and the conversations!!!!

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  70. I love the Viennese waltz all that twirling. Never tried it but I love to see it. I would have loved to be around when the waltz was risqué imagine the excitement of it all and the conversations!!!!

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  71. I like waltz. There just hasn’t been too many opportunities to waltz since high school and the ball of the seniors where we danced all kinds of OLD dances. I heard that couple of years after I left high school besides those old dances they danced the Macarena. What a shocker! Though Macarena was really yesterdays news by then, so I suppose it could be considered as an “old” dance.
    By the way, have you seen Dancing Cheek to Cheek An Intimate History of Dance with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley? There was something about how the fashion of the ladies dresses affected in the development of waltz. (I think the documentary series is still on Youtube.

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  72. I like waltz. There just hasn’t been too many opportunities to waltz since high school and the ball of the seniors where we danced all kinds of OLD dances. I heard that couple of years after I left high school besides those old dances they danced the Macarena. What a shocker! Though Macarena was really yesterdays news by then, so I suppose it could be considered as an “old” dance.
    By the way, have you seen Dancing Cheek to Cheek An Intimate History of Dance with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley? There was something about how the fashion of the ladies dresses affected in the development of waltz. (I think the documentary series is still on Youtube.

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  73. I like waltz. There just hasn’t been too many opportunities to waltz since high school and the ball of the seniors where we danced all kinds of OLD dances. I heard that couple of years after I left high school besides those old dances they danced the Macarena. What a shocker! Though Macarena was really yesterdays news by then, so I suppose it could be considered as an “old” dance.
    By the way, have you seen Dancing Cheek to Cheek An Intimate History of Dance with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley? There was something about how the fashion of the ladies dresses affected in the development of waltz. (I think the documentary series is still on Youtube.

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  74. I like waltz. There just hasn’t been too many opportunities to waltz since high school and the ball of the seniors where we danced all kinds of OLD dances. I heard that couple of years after I left high school besides those old dances they danced the Macarena. What a shocker! Though Macarena was really yesterdays news by then, so I suppose it could be considered as an “old” dance.
    By the way, have you seen Dancing Cheek to Cheek An Intimate History of Dance with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley? There was something about how the fashion of the ladies dresses affected in the development of waltz. (I think the documentary series is still on Youtube.

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  75. I like waltz. There just hasn’t been too many opportunities to waltz since high school and the ball of the seniors where we danced all kinds of OLD dances. I heard that couple of years after I left high school besides those old dances they danced the Macarena. What a shocker! Though Macarena was really yesterdays news by then, so I suppose it could be considered as an “old” dance.
    By the way, have you seen Dancing Cheek to Cheek An Intimate History of Dance with Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley? There was something about how the fashion of the ladies dresses affected in the development of waltz. (I think the documentary series is still on Youtube.

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  76. Hi, I learnt ballroom dance when I was in my early 20’s. I love to waltz, particularly the viennese waltz. I also did some folk dancing when I was at uni – in the 70’s. It was a fun and cheap entertainment, we had a group that regularly went to different venues. When I met my husband he could only dance the jive, and was always in great demand as a partner for this dance – I jealously reserved my share of this dance, but he would jive to almost anything that he could find the right beat.
    Unfortunately he never managed to get the waltz, but conguesly he could manage the foxtrot so that is what we danced at our wedding.

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  77. Hi, I learnt ballroom dance when I was in my early 20’s. I love to waltz, particularly the viennese waltz. I also did some folk dancing when I was at uni – in the 70’s. It was a fun and cheap entertainment, we had a group that regularly went to different venues. When I met my husband he could only dance the jive, and was always in great demand as a partner for this dance – I jealously reserved my share of this dance, but he would jive to almost anything that he could find the right beat.
    Unfortunately he never managed to get the waltz, but conguesly he could manage the foxtrot so that is what we danced at our wedding.

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  78. Hi, I learnt ballroom dance when I was in my early 20’s. I love to waltz, particularly the viennese waltz. I also did some folk dancing when I was at uni – in the 70’s. It was a fun and cheap entertainment, we had a group that regularly went to different venues. When I met my husband he could only dance the jive, and was always in great demand as a partner for this dance – I jealously reserved my share of this dance, but he would jive to almost anything that he could find the right beat.
    Unfortunately he never managed to get the waltz, but conguesly he could manage the foxtrot so that is what we danced at our wedding.

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  79. Hi, I learnt ballroom dance when I was in my early 20’s. I love to waltz, particularly the viennese waltz. I also did some folk dancing when I was at uni – in the 70’s. It was a fun and cheap entertainment, we had a group that regularly went to different venues. When I met my husband he could only dance the jive, and was always in great demand as a partner for this dance – I jealously reserved my share of this dance, but he would jive to almost anything that he could find the right beat.
    Unfortunately he never managed to get the waltz, but conguesly he could manage the foxtrot so that is what we danced at our wedding.

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  80. Hi, I learnt ballroom dance when I was in my early 20’s. I love to waltz, particularly the viennese waltz. I also did some folk dancing when I was at uni – in the 70’s. It was a fun and cheap entertainment, we had a group that regularly went to different venues. When I met my husband he could only dance the jive, and was always in great demand as a partner for this dance – I jealously reserved my share of this dance, but he would jive to almost anything that he could find the right beat.
    Unfortunately he never managed to get the waltz, but conguesly he could manage the foxtrot so that is what we danced at our wedding.

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  81. Post regency the Polka was one of the dance crazes of the 19th century. People went polka mad. I danced it at a cousin’s wedding . I really can’t dance much. Did square dancing at camp which was fun.
    I did take ballroom dancing but am not a natural dancer.
    There appear to have been at least two different dances called waltzes in the early 19th century. Thos. Wilson has some listed in his book of dances of 1816 but says those were not the new waltzes from Germany, Belgium and France which he would publish in a separate book. lady Sarah Spencer says she saw some royals and others dance a waltz in 1806 but Byron says the waltz came to England in 1811. That was the year many started having waltzing parties.

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  82. Post regency the Polka was one of the dance crazes of the 19th century. People went polka mad. I danced it at a cousin’s wedding . I really can’t dance much. Did square dancing at camp which was fun.
    I did take ballroom dancing but am not a natural dancer.
    There appear to have been at least two different dances called waltzes in the early 19th century. Thos. Wilson has some listed in his book of dances of 1816 but says those were not the new waltzes from Germany, Belgium and France which he would publish in a separate book. lady Sarah Spencer says she saw some royals and others dance a waltz in 1806 but Byron says the waltz came to England in 1811. That was the year many started having waltzing parties.

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  83. Post regency the Polka was one of the dance crazes of the 19th century. People went polka mad. I danced it at a cousin’s wedding . I really can’t dance much. Did square dancing at camp which was fun.
    I did take ballroom dancing but am not a natural dancer.
    There appear to have been at least two different dances called waltzes in the early 19th century. Thos. Wilson has some listed in his book of dances of 1816 but says those were not the new waltzes from Germany, Belgium and France which he would publish in a separate book. lady Sarah Spencer says she saw some royals and others dance a waltz in 1806 but Byron says the waltz came to England in 1811. That was the year many started having waltzing parties.

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  84. Post regency the Polka was one of the dance crazes of the 19th century. People went polka mad. I danced it at a cousin’s wedding . I really can’t dance much. Did square dancing at camp which was fun.
    I did take ballroom dancing but am not a natural dancer.
    There appear to have been at least two different dances called waltzes in the early 19th century. Thos. Wilson has some listed in his book of dances of 1816 but says those were not the new waltzes from Germany, Belgium and France which he would publish in a separate book. lady Sarah Spencer says she saw some royals and others dance a waltz in 1806 but Byron says the waltz came to England in 1811. That was the year many started having waltzing parties.

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  85. Post regency the Polka was one of the dance crazes of the 19th century. People went polka mad. I danced it at a cousin’s wedding . I really can’t dance much. Did square dancing at camp which was fun.
    I did take ballroom dancing but am not a natural dancer.
    There appear to have been at least two different dances called waltzes in the early 19th century. Thos. Wilson has some listed in his book of dances of 1816 but says those were not the new waltzes from Germany, Belgium and France which he would publish in a separate book. lady Sarah Spencer says she saw some royals and others dance a waltz in 1806 but Byron says the waltz came to England in 1811. That was the year many started having waltzing parties.

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  86. I’m with Anne Hoile. I wish I could tango. More precisely, I wish I were a svelte, smoldering brunette who would look incredibly sexy doing the tango. (Pudgy just doesn’t cut it.)
    As for what I have enjoyed, that would be the polka. Spinning and bouncing and laughing—a polka really is a barrel of fun.

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  87. I’m with Anne Hoile. I wish I could tango. More precisely, I wish I were a svelte, smoldering brunette who would look incredibly sexy doing the tango. (Pudgy just doesn’t cut it.)
    As for what I have enjoyed, that would be the polka. Spinning and bouncing and laughing—a polka really is a barrel of fun.

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  88. I’m with Anne Hoile. I wish I could tango. More precisely, I wish I were a svelte, smoldering brunette who would look incredibly sexy doing the tango. (Pudgy just doesn’t cut it.)
    As for what I have enjoyed, that would be the polka. Spinning and bouncing and laughing—a polka really is a barrel of fun.

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  89. I’m with Anne Hoile. I wish I could tango. More precisely, I wish I were a svelte, smoldering brunette who would look incredibly sexy doing the tango. (Pudgy just doesn’t cut it.)
    As for what I have enjoyed, that would be the polka. Spinning and bouncing and laughing—a polka really is a barrel of fun.

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  90. I’m with Anne Hoile. I wish I could tango. More precisely, I wish I were a svelte, smoldering brunette who would look incredibly sexy doing the tango. (Pudgy just doesn’t cut it.)
    As for what I have enjoyed, that would be the polka. Spinning and bouncing and laughing—a polka really is a barrel of fun.

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  91. I love all of it. At one time, in another life, I had a friend who loved to dance as much as I did, and every weekend we went to a place in Dallas and had a wonderful time. He was a good dancer and we did well together. We did all kinds – from waltz to rock. But as far as watching, I love it all. When I was small we lived near Chicago, so naturally I learned to love the polka. I too wish I could be a tango dancer. But, you know the only way I could smolder is if someone set fire to my clothing. I love this post.

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  92. I love all of it. At one time, in another life, I had a friend who loved to dance as much as I did, and every weekend we went to a place in Dallas and had a wonderful time. He was a good dancer and we did well together. We did all kinds – from waltz to rock. But as far as watching, I love it all. When I was small we lived near Chicago, so naturally I learned to love the polka. I too wish I could be a tango dancer. But, you know the only way I could smolder is if someone set fire to my clothing. I love this post.

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  93. I love all of it. At one time, in another life, I had a friend who loved to dance as much as I did, and every weekend we went to a place in Dallas and had a wonderful time. He was a good dancer and we did well together. We did all kinds – from waltz to rock. But as far as watching, I love it all. When I was small we lived near Chicago, so naturally I learned to love the polka. I too wish I could be a tango dancer. But, you know the only way I could smolder is if someone set fire to my clothing. I love this post.

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  94. I love all of it. At one time, in another life, I had a friend who loved to dance as much as I did, and every weekend we went to a place in Dallas and had a wonderful time. He was a good dancer and we did well together. We did all kinds – from waltz to rock. But as far as watching, I love it all. When I was small we lived near Chicago, so naturally I learned to love the polka. I too wish I could be a tango dancer. But, you know the only way I could smolder is if someone set fire to my clothing. I love this post.

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  95. I love all of it. At one time, in another life, I had a friend who loved to dance as much as I did, and every weekend we went to a place in Dallas and had a wonderful time. He was a good dancer and we did well together. We did all kinds – from waltz to rock. But as far as watching, I love it all. When I was small we lived near Chicago, so naturally I learned to love the polka. I too wish I could be a tango dancer. But, you know the only way I could smolder is if someone set fire to my clothing. I love this post.

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  96. Oh yes. I don’t want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos.
    (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth — though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)

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  97. Oh yes. I don’t want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos.
    (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth — though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)

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  98. Oh yes. I don’t want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos.
    (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth — though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)

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  99. Oh yes. I don’t want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos.
    (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth — though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)

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  100. Oh yes. I don’t want to just tango. I want to be the kind of woman who tangos.
    (This might involve clenching a rose in my teeth — though I would remove all the thorns first. Otherwise, Ouch.)

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  101. I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something?
    Did we all give up dancing for aerobics?
    Now that I’ve written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don’t have the time …

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  102. I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something?
    Did we all give up dancing for aerobics?
    Now that I’ve written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don’t have the time …

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  103. I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something?
    Did we all give up dancing for aerobics?
    Now that I’ve written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don’t have the time …

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  104. I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something?
    Did we all give up dancing for aerobics?
    Now that I’ve written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don’t have the time …

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  105. I have a feeling people dance less than they did even twenty years ago. Is this my imagination or do I just live in a dance-free zone or something?
    Did we all give up dancing for aerobics?
    Now that I’ve written this post I want to go learn English Country Dance, or even square dance. I just don’t have the time …

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  106. I love the waltz because it makes you feel like a princess. But all dancing is fun, especially Latin dances. You just can’t stop smiling when that Latin beat is going. Ballet is wonderful in the strength and control. I watch Dancing with the Stars every season and enjoy it a lot. I’m beginning to understand more about hip hop and contemporary dance through So You Think You Can Dance as well.
    But what I want to do is dance with my husband and he is rhythm impaired. He needs a couple of drinks to get up the nerve to dance, then we get in a bear hug and sway. But it’s better than not being in a bear hug. 😉

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  107. I love the waltz because it makes you feel like a princess. But all dancing is fun, especially Latin dances. You just can’t stop smiling when that Latin beat is going. Ballet is wonderful in the strength and control. I watch Dancing with the Stars every season and enjoy it a lot. I’m beginning to understand more about hip hop and contemporary dance through So You Think You Can Dance as well.
    But what I want to do is dance with my husband and he is rhythm impaired. He needs a couple of drinks to get up the nerve to dance, then we get in a bear hug and sway. But it’s better than not being in a bear hug. 😉

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  108. I love the waltz because it makes you feel like a princess. But all dancing is fun, especially Latin dances. You just can’t stop smiling when that Latin beat is going. Ballet is wonderful in the strength and control. I watch Dancing with the Stars every season and enjoy it a lot. I’m beginning to understand more about hip hop and contemporary dance through So You Think You Can Dance as well.
    But what I want to do is dance with my husband and he is rhythm impaired. He needs a couple of drinks to get up the nerve to dance, then we get in a bear hug and sway. But it’s better than not being in a bear hug. 😉

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  109. I love the waltz because it makes you feel like a princess. But all dancing is fun, especially Latin dances. You just can’t stop smiling when that Latin beat is going. Ballet is wonderful in the strength and control. I watch Dancing with the Stars every season and enjoy it a lot. I’m beginning to understand more about hip hop and contemporary dance through So You Think You Can Dance as well.
    But what I want to do is dance with my husband and he is rhythm impaired. He needs a couple of drinks to get up the nerve to dance, then we get in a bear hug and sway. But it’s better than not being in a bear hug. 😉

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  110. I love the waltz because it makes you feel like a princess. But all dancing is fun, especially Latin dances. You just can’t stop smiling when that Latin beat is going. Ballet is wonderful in the strength and control. I watch Dancing with the Stars every season and enjoy it a lot. I’m beginning to understand more about hip hop and contemporary dance through So You Think You Can Dance as well.
    But what I want to do is dance with my husband and he is rhythm impaired. He needs a couple of drinks to get up the nerve to dance, then we get in a bear hug and sway. But it’s better than not being in a bear hug. 😉

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  111. You had yer ‘waltz music’ in England from the 1790s onward which was not a ‘waltz dance’ but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion.
    I do think there’s indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at
    http://regencydances.org/paper013.php
    and see what you think.
    It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, “1811 is when my set took it up’ or simply being imprecise … as why should he not.

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  112. You had yer ‘waltz music’ in England from the 1790s onward which was not a ‘waltz dance’ but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion.
    I do think there’s indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at
    http://regencydances.org/paper013.php
    and see what you think.
    It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, “1811 is when my set took it up’ or simply being imprecise … as why should he not.

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  113. You had yer ‘waltz music’ in England from the 1790s onward which was not a ‘waltz dance’ but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion.
    I do think there’s indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at
    http://regencydances.org/paper013.php
    and see what you think.
    It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, “1811 is when my set took it up’ or simply being imprecise … as why should he not.

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  114. You had yer ‘waltz music’ in England from the 1790s onward which was not a ‘waltz dance’ but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion.
    I do think there’s indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at
    http://regencydances.org/paper013.php
    and see what you think.
    It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, “1811 is when my set took it up’ or simply being imprecise … as why should he not.

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  115. You had yer ‘waltz music’ in England from the 1790s onward which was not a ‘waltz dance’ but could be used for country dancing and that gives us so much opportunity for confusion.
    I do think there’s indication the European style waltz was danced in England in the early years of the century. Have a look at
    http://regencydances.org/paper013.php
    and see what you think.
    It occurs to me Byron may well have been saying, “1811 is when my set took it up’ or simply being imprecise … as why should he not.

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  116. I wish they’d teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don’t care if it’s Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it.
    When you Fox Trot you’re joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food.
    I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.

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  117. I wish they’d teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don’t care if it’s Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it.
    When you Fox Trot you’re joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food.
    I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.

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  118. I wish they’d teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don’t care if it’s Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it.
    When you Fox Trot you’re joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food.
    I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.

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  119. I wish they’d teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don’t care if it’s Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it.
    When you Fox Trot you’re joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food.
    I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.

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  120. I wish they’d teach dancing in gym classes in the high schools. I don’t care if it’s Tahiti temple dancing or Hopi corn dance or Hawaiian hula. Dancing is old and important and human. Everybody should do it.
    When you Fox Trot you’re joining a tradition as old as mankind. People danced before they learned to eat cooked food.
    I am so glad you and your husband get joy out of it.

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  121. Dance madness in the Regency. What’s not to like?
    One thing — of many things — I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody.
    (jo wanders off humming ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’)

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  122. Dance madness in the Regency. What’s not to like?
    One thing — of many things — I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody.
    (jo wanders off humming ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’)

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  123. Dance madness in the Regency. What’s not to like?
    One thing — of many things — I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody.
    (jo wanders off humming ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’)

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  124. Dance madness in the Regency. What’s not to like?
    One thing — of many things — I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody.
    (jo wanders off humming ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’)

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  125. Dance madness in the Regency. What’s not to like?
    One thing — of many things — I enjoy about the little bits of history we pick up while writing is the way these tie to the Now. I wonder how many people fell in love because they danced with somebody.
    (jo wanders off humming ‘Blame it on the Bossa Nova’)

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  126. I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven’t seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely.
    (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)

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  127. I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven’t seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely.
    (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)

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  128. I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven’t seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely.
    (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)

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  129. I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven’t seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely.
    (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)

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  130. I will have to go find some videos of that. I haven’t seen it that I remember and it sounds lovely.
    (Who knows. Maybe some writing friend will add a dance scene to one of their Scottish historicals.)

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  131. Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing.
    For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.

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  132. Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing.
    For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.

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  133. Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing.
    For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.

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  134. Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing.
    For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.

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  135. Sad to lose that particular great pleasure. And square dancing clubs are as much about socializing as the dancing.
    For me, blogging about things I can no longer do and places I can no longer go is a great pleasure. Not full compensation, of course. But something.

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  136. I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers.
    I didn’t review that video for this posting, but I’ll go back and see it now.

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  137. I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers.
    I didn’t review that video for this posting, but I’ll go back and see it now.

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  138. I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers.
    I didn’t review that video for this posting, but I’ll go back and see it now.

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  139. I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers.
    I didn’t review that video for this posting, but I’ll go back and see it now.

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  140. I love Lucy Worsley. I have a playlist at Youtube with lots of documentaries about the Georgian and Regency period. A good many of them are hers.
    I didn’t review that video for this posting, but I’ll go back and see it now.

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  141. I’m headed out to RWA National in a few days. There’s a miniconference first — put on by the special chapter for Regency writers — and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances.
    I am so looking forward to that.

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  142. I’m headed out to RWA National in a few days. There’s a miniconference first — put on by the special chapter for Regency writers — and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances.
    I am so looking forward to that.

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  143. I’m headed out to RWA National in a few days. There’s a miniconference first — put on by the special chapter for Regency writers — and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances.
    I am so looking forward to that.

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  144. I’m headed out to RWA National in a few days. There’s a miniconference first — put on by the special chapter for Regency writers — and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances.
    I am so looking forward to that.

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  145. I’m headed out to RWA National in a few days. There’s a miniconference first — put on by the special chapter for Regency writers — and a ball that gives the re-enactors a chance to do period dances.
    I am so looking forward to that.

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  146. Short of some interpretive stuff that is done to really weird music that I could do without, I love to dance. Period. My mother used to go to the Grande Ballroom downtown Detroit and taught me all the dances from her era. My gran taught me hers from when she was a young girl still living in Scotland in the last quarter of the 1800’s. I grew up in the 60’s and did all those dances, the twist, etc. I also did a lot of Scots dancing classes and loved them. There’s not a minute that goes by that there’s not some music of some kind running through my head and usually, my foot is tapping right along. Unfortunately, though I love my husband within an inch of his life, he refuses to dance. How did I ever end up like that?

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  147. Short of some interpretive stuff that is done to really weird music that I could do without, I love to dance. Period. My mother used to go to the Grande Ballroom downtown Detroit and taught me all the dances from her era. My gran taught me hers from when she was a young girl still living in Scotland in the last quarter of the 1800’s. I grew up in the 60’s and did all those dances, the twist, etc. I also did a lot of Scots dancing classes and loved them. There’s not a minute that goes by that there’s not some music of some kind running through my head and usually, my foot is tapping right along. Unfortunately, though I love my husband within an inch of his life, he refuses to dance. How did I ever end up like that?

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  148. Short of some interpretive stuff that is done to really weird music that I could do without, I love to dance. Period. My mother used to go to the Grande Ballroom downtown Detroit and taught me all the dances from her era. My gran taught me hers from when she was a young girl still living in Scotland in the last quarter of the 1800’s. I grew up in the 60’s and did all those dances, the twist, etc. I also did a lot of Scots dancing classes and loved them. There’s not a minute that goes by that there’s not some music of some kind running through my head and usually, my foot is tapping right along. Unfortunately, though I love my husband within an inch of his life, he refuses to dance. How did I ever end up like that?

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  149. Short of some interpretive stuff that is done to really weird music that I could do without, I love to dance. Period. My mother used to go to the Grande Ballroom downtown Detroit and taught me all the dances from her era. My gran taught me hers from when she was a young girl still living in Scotland in the last quarter of the 1800’s. I grew up in the 60’s and did all those dances, the twist, etc. I also did a lot of Scots dancing classes and loved them. There’s not a minute that goes by that there’s not some music of some kind running through my head and usually, my foot is tapping right along. Unfortunately, though I love my husband within an inch of his life, he refuses to dance. How did I ever end up like that?

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  150. Short of some interpretive stuff that is done to really weird music that I could do without, I love to dance. Period. My mother used to go to the Grande Ballroom downtown Detroit and taught me all the dances from her era. My gran taught me hers from when she was a young girl still living in Scotland in the last quarter of the 1800’s. I grew up in the 60’s and did all those dances, the twist, etc. I also did a lot of Scots dancing classes and loved them. There’s not a minute that goes by that there’s not some music of some kind running through my head and usually, my foot is tapping right along. Unfortunately, though I love my husband within an inch of his life, he refuses to dance. How did I ever end up like that?

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  151. I used to tease my mother that she cursed me by giving me a middle name that meant grace/graceful because I’m anything but. I took a dance class in college as one of my required physical education classes. I was paired with a poor guy who was not only less graceful than I but also totally unable to hear the beat of music. We’re all lucky no one was injured. 🙂

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  152. I used to tease my mother that she cursed me by giving me a middle name that meant grace/graceful because I’m anything but. I took a dance class in college as one of my required physical education classes. I was paired with a poor guy who was not only less graceful than I but also totally unable to hear the beat of music. We’re all lucky no one was injured. 🙂

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  153. I used to tease my mother that she cursed me by giving me a middle name that meant grace/graceful because I’m anything but. I took a dance class in college as one of my required physical education classes. I was paired with a poor guy who was not only less graceful than I but also totally unable to hear the beat of music. We’re all lucky no one was injured. 🙂

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  154. I used to tease my mother that she cursed me by giving me a middle name that meant grace/graceful because I’m anything but. I took a dance class in college as one of my required physical education classes. I was paired with a poor guy who was not only less graceful than I but also totally unable to hear the beat of music. We’re all lucky no one was injured. 🙂

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  155. I used to tease my mother that she cursed me by giving me a middle name that meant grace/graceful because I’m anything but. I took a dance class in college as one of my required physical education classes. I was paired with a poor guy who was not only less graceful than I but also totally unable to hear the beat of music. We’re all lucky no one was injured. 🙂

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  156. Andrew Ford (Oz based composer) did a fantastic radio special recently entitled ‘Dirty Dancing’ that includes some insight into the scandalous nature of the waltz –
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-and-fashion-1/6054842
    My favourite social dance is Argentine tango – the basics are incredibly simple, but you can dance it for years and keep learning new things about it. It’s a perfect dance for introverted obsessives…
    Here are some extremely good tango dancers improvising to a tango waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTi3tGpkI
    Argentine tango can also be amazing in choreographed performance. Here are some other extremely good tango dancers doing an choreographed milonga (milonga is the cheeky side of tango) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-mkR-KoPts

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  157. Andrew Ford (Oz based composer) did a fantastic radio special recently entitled ‘Dirty Dancing’ that includes some insight into the scandalous nature of the waltz –
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-and-fashion-1/6054842
    My favourite social dance is Argentine tango – the basics are incredibly simple, but you can dance it for years and keep learning new things about it. It’s a perfect dance for introverted obsessives…
    Here are some extremely good tango dancers improvising to a tango waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTi3tGpkI
    Argentine tango can also be amazing in choreographed performance. Here are some other extremely good tango dancers doing an choreographed milonga (milonga is the cheeky side of tango) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-mkR-KoPts

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  158. Andrew Ford (Oz based composer) did a fantastic radio special recently entitled ‘Dirty Dancing’ that includes some insight into the scandalous nature of the waltz –
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-and-fashion-1/6054842
    My favourite social dance is Argentine tango – the basics are incredibly simple, but you can dance it for years and keep learning new things about it. It’s a perfect dance for introverted obsessives…
    Here are some extremely good tango dancers improvising to a tango waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTi3tGpkI
    Argentine tango can also be amazing in choreographed performance. Here are some other extremely good tango dancers doing an choreographed milonga (milonga is the cheeky side of tango) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-mkR-KoPts

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  159. Andrew Ford (Oz based composer) did a fantastic radio special recently entitled ‘Dirty Dancing’ that includes some insight into the scandalous nature of the waltz –
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-and-fashion-1/6054842
    My favourite social dance is Argentine tango – the basics are incredibly simple, but you can dance it for years and keep learning new things about it. It’s a perfect dance for introverted obsessives…
    Here are some extremely good tango dancers improvising to a tango waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTi3tGpkI
    Argentine tango can also be amazing in choreographed performance. Here are some other extremely good tango dancers doing an choreographed milonga (milonga is the cheeky side of tango) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-mkR-KoPts

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  160. Andrew Ford (Oz based composer) did a fantastic radio special recently entitled ‘Dirty Dancing’ that includes some insight into the scandalous nature of the waltz –
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/music-and-fashion-1/6054842
    My favourite social dance is Argentine tango – the basics are incredibly simple, but you can dance it for years and keep learning new things about it. It’s a perfect dance for introverted obsessives…
    Here are some extremely good tango dancers improvising to a tango waltz – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOpTi3tGpkI
    Argentine tango can also be amazing in choreographed performance. Here are some other extremely good tango dancers doing an choreographed milonga (milonga is the cheeky side of tango) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-mkR-KoPts

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  161. I think all those ballroom dances are so elegant to watch and I love watching other forms as well, like the irish step or tango or anything that is done well. However, I also have a weakness for hiphop! I know I’m weird, but the strength, agility, flexibility, and sheer creativity involved is amazing! I can’t dance, not because I don’t have a beat, but for physical reasons, and I really appreciate anyone who has talent. 🙂

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  162. I think all those ballroom dances are so elegant to watch and I love watching other forms as well, like the irish step or tango or anything that is done well. However, I also have a weakness for hiphop! I know I’m weird, but the strength, agility, flexibility, and sheer creativity involved is amazing! I can’t dance, not because I don’t have a beat, but for physical reasons, and I really appreciate anyone who has talent. 🙂

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  163. I think all those ballroom dances are so elegant to watch and I love watching other forms as well, like the irish step or tango or anything that is done well. However, I also have a weakness for hiphop! I know I’m weird, but the strength, agility, flexibility, and sheer creativity involved is amazing! I can’t dance, not because I don’t have a beat, but for physical reasons, and I really appreciate anyone who has talent. 🙂

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  164. I think all those ballroom dances are so elegant to watch and I love watching other forms as well, like the irish step or tango or anything that is done well. However, I also have a weakness for hiphop! I know I’m weird, but the strength, agility, flexibility, and sheer creativity involved is amazing! I can’t dance, not because I don’t have a beat, but for physical reasons, and I really appreciate anyone who has talent. 🙂

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  165. I think all those ballroom dances are so elegant to watch and I love watching other forms as well, like the irish step or tango or anything that is done well. However, I also have a weakness for hiphop! I know I’m weird, but the strength, agility, flexibility, and sheer creativity involved is amazing! I can’t dance, not because I don’t have a beat, but for physical reasons, and I really appreciate anyone who has talent. 🙂

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  166. Several folks have spoken highly of the tango. I must really look at some showcase and competitive tangos. I’m missing something.
    Thank you so much for the links.
    A tango waltz. Who knew?

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  167. Several folks have spoken highly of the tango. I must really look at some showcase and competitive tangos. I’m missing something.
    Thank you so much for the links.
    A tango waltz. Who knew?

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  168. Several folks have spoken highly of the tango. I must really look at some showcase and competitive tangos. I’m missing something.
    Thank you so much for the links.
    A tango waltz. Who knew?

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  169. Several folks have spoken highly of the tango. I must really look at some showcase and competitive tangos. I’m missing something.
    Thank you so much for the links.
    A tango waltz. Who knew?

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  170. Several folks have spoken highly of the tango. I must really look at some showcase and competitive tangos. I’m missing something.
    Thank you so much for the links.
    A tango waltz. Who knew?

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  171. Ballroom dance as a contact sport …
    In the time period in which I write it was assumed that every young woman of good family would be able to dance AND sing AND play a musical instrument. What hell that must have been for the poor musically-challenged folks like me.

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  172. Ballroom dance as a contact sport …
    In the time period in which I write it was assumed that every young woman of good family would be able to dance AND sing AND play a musical instrument. What hell that must have been for the poor musically-challenged folks like me.

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  173. Ballroom dance as a contact sport …
    In the time period in which I write it was assumed that every young woman of good family would be able to dance AND sing AND play a musical instrument. What hell that must have been for the poor musically-challenged folks like me.

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  174. Ballroom dance as a contact sport …
    In the time period in which I write it was assumed that every young woman of good family would be able to dance AND sing AND play a musical instrument. What hell that must have been for the poor musically-challenged folks like me.

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  175. Ballroom dance as a contact sport …
    In the time period in which I write it was assumed that every young woman of good family would be able to dance AND sing AND play a musical instrument. What hell that must have been for the poor musically-challenged folks like me.

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  176. And why shouldn’t you like hip hop. It’s the wild dance of the times. It’s our own contribution to the history of dance.
    Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff

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  177. And why shouldn’t you like hip hop. It’s the wild dance of the times. It’s our own contribution to the history of dance.
    Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff

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  178. And why shouldn’t you like hip hop. It’s the wild dance of the times. It’s our own contribution to the history of dance.
    Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff

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  179. And why shouldn’t you like hip hop. It’s the wild dance of the times. It’s our own contribution to the history of dance.
    Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff

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  180. And why shouldn’t you like hip hop. It’s the wild dance of the times. It’s our own contribution to the history of dance.
    Hip hop and break dancing. Exuberant. Handsome. Exciting. Lovely stuff

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  181. I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head.
    I love watching the dance, I don’t have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.

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  182. I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head.
    I love watching the dance, I don’t have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.

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  183. I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head.
    I love watching the dance, I don’t have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.

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  184. I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head.
    I love watching the dance, I don’t have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.

    Reply
  185. I feel the same way. I dance in my kitchen. I hum and wriggle across the back porch to music I play in my head.
    I love watching the dance, I don’t have to be able to do it well myself, thank Goodness.

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  186. It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won’t-dance husband.
    I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special ‘sense’ added to the normal five.

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  187. It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won’t-dance husband.
    I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special ‘sense’ added to the normal five.

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  188. It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won’t-dance husband.
    I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special ‘sense’ added to the normal five.

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  189. It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won’t-dance husband.
    I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special ‘sense’ added to the normal five.

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  190. It does seem unfair someone so musical should have an I-won’t-dance husband.
    I envy you your delight in music. Folks who can lose themselves in music and dance almost have a special ‘sense’ added to the normal five.

    Reply

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