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colonial dancing

Colonial dancing

By: Heather Marks



the music
The music

The Colonial times had many varieties of music. It helped define the era. There were folk songs, ballads, drum signals, military marches, etc. The songs were made to fit that certain area. As time went on, instruments began to get important. The music was used to help enjoy the dancing & having fun!!!

the dances
The dances

Dancing was a way to enjoy & express yourself. There were many kinds of dances. It ranged from a little local band party in a barn to a high class elegant event. No matter where the dancing was located, there was always food , appropriate clothes, & DANCING.


The Uses Of Dancing

Dancing was common for a lady & gentleman to learn. You couldn’t have a date with someone alone, so town dances would be considered a date. More of the southern colonist took part in dancing. Proper posture was very important. As well as gestures & clothing which added on to the dances.

the minuet dance
The minuet dance

Dancing was especially important to upper-class people. The minuet dance was a partner dance. It was nice, slow, & graceful.

  • The gentlemen bows, lady curtsies.
  • The man would raise his right hand, the lady raises her left hand.
  • Take 3 small steps. Point left foot & tap 3 times. Repeat routine 3 times.
  • Curtsy & bow to your partner.
dance schedule
Dance schedule

They often had town dances. They were very long. It lasted many hours, from 4:30 pm-2:00 am. The schedules usually ran like this :


4:30 pm - Ladies eat first.

  • 6:00 pm - Men ate & ladies went for walks & chatted.
  • 7:00 pm - The dancing began.
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm - You would do the first dance, the minuet.
  • 9:00 pm - The party got more fun & Interesting, people did all kinds of dances & jigs.
  • 2:00 am - The drivers came to pick up the guests & the party was over.
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picture bibliography
Picture bibliography