In addition to the country dance, reel, cotillion and quadrille, several other dances might be found at a Regency ball or assembly.
The minuet was a hold over from the prior century and required special dress and training. Old fashioned, formal balls would open with couples doing the minute, one at a time. This practice fell out of fashion in the early 1800’s.
Napoleonic Ball – Menuet
Napoleonic Ball – Contredanse Française
Napoleonic Ball – Contredanse Anglaise 3
Some of you have asked about how couples could converse or even interact on the dance floor after looking at some of these dances. My husband, youngest son, and I have recently taken up English Country dance, and after two balls, I’d love to offer some insights from the ballroom floor. Tune in next month!