These I believe are still used at some vintage and pilgrimage Balls here in
the American South. Usually a lady will reserve the 1st and last dances for
her husband or Beau and all other dances would be claimed by admirers. While
I'm not sure a lady couldn't ask a man, she could use her charms to ask,
pointing out where a particular gent was "saved" a particular dance and pout
about it. "Why Charles! My feelings are hurt, you haven't asked me to dance
and my dance card is all filled up, but I saved you the Virgina Reel, that's
my favorite dance of all! What? I know it's your favorite also! That's why I
saved it for you!"
Baton Rouge, La, USA
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From: "simon scott" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > I don't think "dance cards" should be thought of as a purely SCD custom.