The Five Positions of Dancing
An Analysis of Country Dancing, 1892
An Analysis of Country Dancing is a dance manual by Thomas Wilson, one of the most famous dancing masters of the period. It contains the steps for a number of different country dances, which begin with men and women facing one another in two lines. In Wilson's diagrams, the men are represented by blue circles and the women by red diamonds.
Dancing was among the most important accomplishments for both the men and the women of polite society. It encompassed not only the steps and figures of social dances but also deportment and etiquette.
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