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Get Out Your Dancing Shoes…It’s New Year’s!

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Howe’s complete ball-room hand book containing upwards of three hundred dances, including all the latest and most fashionable dances … with elegant illustrations, and full explanation and every variety of the latest and most approved figures, and calls for the different changes, and rules on deportment and the toilet, and the etiquette of dancing by Elias Howe, 1856

We were thinking about New Year’s celebrations and historical dance traditions and found this lovely book with information on a variety of dances including those used at New Years gatherings.

All of us here wish you a year full of opportunities to try out your dance moves, new classroom activities, and wonderful adventures.


  1. This is a wonderful source to share. It reminds me of the collaborations that have been undertaken in the upper – elementary grades between the music and/or physical education teachers and the social studies teachers, adding dance instruction to complement units of study. For example, students learned contra dances while studying American colonial history, and swing dancing while studying the 1940s and 1950s.

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