Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Having A Ball

Please excuse my tardiness in posting—due to the weather in the northeast, we’re having anything but a ball. I hope everyone who’s been affected by this latest ice storm is safe and warm, or will be very soon.

What is the first image that comes to your mind when you think of the 19th century? I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a young lady dressed to the nines, ready to go to a ball, like this one at right.

Balls were probably THE most talked-about and enthusiastically attended social events…which hardly seems surprising. Wearing beautiful dresses that in some decades showed off a nicely-turned pair of ankles (as does our young lady from 1811 at left), having the opportunity to spend focused yet limited amounts of time with multiple gentleman over the course of an evening and thereby getting to check them out in a slightly more up close and personal manner, and of course, dancing! I personally can’t help wondering if nineteenth century teen girls loved balls so much because they provided one of the few chances they had, while in London for the social season, to move freely and actively. No gyms or Jazzercize classes were available, don’t forget!

I’ve talked in general about what happened at balls; over the next week or two Regina and I will get a little more specific describing actual dances and other bits of ballroom lore, and I’ll discuss and post some pictures of dance cards from my collection.

Stay tuned!

7 comments:

Christina Farley said...

Looking forward to it!

Dara said...

Yay! I love this blog :) I love all the history you present.

Marissa Doyle said...

You're very welcome!

Lindsay Lee said...

I just posted on my own blog about this. Dance steps from the Castles. I'm excited to learn more! I love your blog, by the way.

Marissa Doyle said...

Thank you, Lindsay Lee!

Gillian Layne said...

Stay safe and warm! We've finally started to melt a bit here in the Midwest.

As always, wonderful post! Really looking forward to all the details and can't get enough of the wonderful pictures! :)

QNPoohBear said...

Glad you're safe and internet is back. It's a heatwave today - 39! I hope some of the ice melts soon and winter is OVER! Thanks for another informative post.