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An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred
social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a
rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche
(c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls,
their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents.
Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories,
treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical
information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people
have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another.
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