It was interesting to find, in the Fashions sections of the 1820 La Belle Assemblée, illustrations and descriptions of Parisian dances. I can only assume that these were the latest fashions in dance. What I can’t quite figure out, is how exactly the dances go. This is not surprising. When visting Colonial Williamsburg, I succumbed (against my better judgment) to the interpreters’ invitation to try 18th century dancing. It was deuced difficult, and I continue amazed that I didn’t fall on my face or cause any injuries among the participants. I decided to stick to writing.
Maybe some of those CW folks will recognize these.
The dance here represented, is known by the appellation of De l’Eté. The first couple advance forward, and chassez; then chassez back again across; which figure is repeated twice back again; the gentlemen then each performs the figure of balancez to his partner, whom he turns round, and which finishes the figure.
No. 2.—SECOND GROUP OF PARISIAN DANCERS. FIGURE DANCE TO THE QUADRILLE MUSIC OF L'HORATIA.
Text and illustrations from La Belle Assemblée: or, Bell’s Court and Fashionable Magazine. Addressed particularly to the ladies. Vol. XXI—New Series. From January 1, to June 20, 1820.