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Vintage Dance Bibliography

Resources from Our Library of Period Dance Manuals

These primary sources are the most valuable places to look to learn about the steps and technique of dancing
done in past periods. Sometimes they are wonderfully clear, sometimes distressfully vague.

Dance manuals usually begin with a comment on the current dances and state
of ballroom dancing and often have chapters on appropriate ballroom dress and behavior.
They can give us a feel for the mood and aesthetics of their period.






Early 19th Century
Sketches Relative to the Practice of Dancing Francis Peacock Aberdeen; 1805
A Description of the Correct Method of Waltzing Thomas Wilson London; 1816
A Companion to the Ballroom Thomas Wilson London; 1816
Elements and Principles of the Art of Dancing V.G. Prof. of Dancing Philadelphia; 1817
The Address; or An Essay on Deportment Thomas Wilson London; 1821
Elements of the Art of Dancing Alexander Strathy Edinburgh; 1822
The Quadrille and Cotillion Panorama Thomas Wilson London; 1822
Analysis of the London Ball-Room Thomas Wilson London; 1825
Mid 19th Century
The Ball-Room Bijou Fisher & Bro. Pub. Philadelphia; 185?
Etiquette of the Ballroom Mrs. Nicholas Henderson London; 185?
The Amateur's Preceptor Prof. D.L.Carpenter Philadelphia; 1854
The Fashionable Dancer's Casket Charles Durang Philadelphia; 1856
The Drawing Room Dances Cellarius Boston; 1858
The Art of Dancing Edward Ferrero New York; 1859
Almanach de la Danse Polkarius Paris; 1860
Hillgrove's Ballroom Guide Thomas Hillgrove New York; 1868
Beadle's Dime Ball-Room Companion anon. New York; 1868
Dancing Home and Abroad C.H. Cleveland. Jr. Boston; 1878
Late 19th Century
Allan's Reference Guide to the Ball-Room Mozart Allan Glasgow; 1880?
How to Dance Frank Toussey, Pub. New York; 1882
Cartier's Waltz Instructor P. Valleau Cartier New York; 1882
Universal Dancing Master Lucien Carpenter Philadelphia; 1882
The Dance of Modern Society William Wilkinson New York; 1884
Dancing Allen Dodworth New York; 1885
The Way to Dance Wehman Bros. Publ. New York; 1890
Prompting; How to Do It John M. Schell New York; 1890
Round Dancing M.B.Gilbert Portland ME; 1890
The Perfect Art of Modern Dancing Butterick Publ. New York; 1894
Gems of the Ballroom Call Book E.T. Root & Sons Publ. Chicago; 1896
The German Two Amateur Leaders Chicago; 1897
Traite de Danse Lussan-Borel Paris; 189?
Dancing Marguerite Wilson Philadelphia; 1899
Modern Quadrille Call Book Prof. A.C. Worth Chicago; 1902
Encyclopedie Mondaine Washington Lopp Paris; 1903
Cake Walks F. Leslie Clendenen St. Louis; 190?
The Fascinating Boston Alfonso Josephs Sheaf Boston; 1913
Secrets of the Tango S. Beach Chester London; 1914
Social Dancing of To-Day Troy and Margaret Kinney New York; 1914
Dance Mad or The Dances of the Day F. Leslie Clendenen St. Louis; 1914
The Tango and Other Up-to-Date Dances J.S. Hopkins Chicago; 1914
Modern Dancing Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle New York; 1914
Dances of Today Albert W. Newman Philadelphia; 1914
Dancing Made Easy Charles Coll New York; 1922
The Waltz - The Foxtrot - The One Step Prof. Charles J. Frank Philadelphia; 1922
Good Morning Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Dearborn, MI; 1926
How to Charleston Correctly Bemis Walker Minneapolis; 1926
Dancing All the Latest Steps Betty Lee New York; 1926
Dancing Betty Lee New York; 1930
Modern Ballroom Dancing Lillian Ray New York; 1932
The Art of Dancing Johnson Smith & Co. Detroit; 1935
Modern Ballroom Dancing Lillian Ray New York; 1936
The Art of Social Dancing Lawrence A. Hostetler New York; 1936
New Variations in Social Dance Lawrence Stetler 1937
Let's Dance Arthur Murray 1937
Let's Swing It Arthur Murray 1937
How to Dance Louis Shomer New York; 1937
How to Dance the Big Apple Norma Goldman Newark NJ; 1938
Teach Yourself the Latest Dance Steps Lawrence Hostetler 1938
How to Become a Good Dancer Arthur Murray New York; 1938
How to Become a Good Dancer Arthur Murray New York; 1941






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