The Cumberland County Historical Society has partnered with the Victorian Dance Ensemble to demonstrate 19th century dances with the public on New Year’s Eve at the Cumberland County Historical Society.
“Unlike modern dancing that is couple oriented, dancing in the mid- Victorian era was much more “social.” Almost all dances were done in formations of circles, squares or lines, with the couples interacting with other couples. It was considered ill-mannered to dance with the same partner all evening. Everyone at a ball had a social duty to mingle and to ensure that everyone else had a pleasant time. Although there were strict rules of behavior, they tended to add an agreeable degree of formality and decorum that has been lost in today’s world,” tells Larry Keener-Farley, Trustee Board Member at the CCHS.
You can learn more about these historical traditions at the Cumberland County Historical Society’s website.