Philip Richardson, in his 'Social Dances of the 19th Century', looks briefly
at social dancing prior to 1800. He describes, and may be quoting that while
the 19th Century was the Century of Waltzes, the 18th Century was the
Century of Minuets. Of course, his book and outlook are British / European.
I can't spot any references to marches -- not even in the 19th Century and
that surprises me!
From: Smith, Kent [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 3:46 PM
To: Strathspey (E-mail)
Subject: 18th century grand marches
Here's another question to test your collective knowledge of SCD history.
I'm in charge of the grand march before a ball with an 18th century theme.
Has anyone ever read anything about grand marches in the 18th century?
Did they have them? (I'm guessing they're probably a Victorian era addition
but that is strictly a wild and uninformed guess.)
If they did exist in the 18th century, does anyone know what sorts of
formations or patterns were likely involved?
Anyone who comes up with answers probably won't receive the bronze medal
with gold filigree, but certainly will receive the admiration of this
Thanks very much,
Kent W. Smith mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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