Monday, November 5, 2012

Dance Cards

a Victorian dance card
It's finally happened.

Our college finally held an event to which you were kindly asked to bring a pen or pencil so you could fill out a dance card.

For those of you who don't know what a dance card is (you should be ashamed of yourself) here is a definition from the San Diego Waltz Club website:

Dance cards are small folding cards, usually palm-sized or smaller, with a list of the dances scheduled for the evening: a miniature program. Each lady is given a dance card as she enters the ballroom, and the men may receive cards also. Next to each musical number is a blank line where she may write a man's name (or have him write it) to reserve her company for that dance.
                                                                                                             ~Robert Wilfred Franson

This announcement produced stunned silence for several minutes. We even paused Pride and Prejudice to think about it. While we were sorely tempted to drop everything and experience the dance card, it was decided that it would most likely be fatal to watch Pride and Prejudice and to waltz in the same evening.

And we just couldn't leave poor Mr. Darcy all heart broken. Even for dance cards.

9 comments:

  1. Okay that is SO COOL!!!! We just had normal dances at my university. I'm a little disappointed you didn't go because I would have loved to hear about it, but i totally get the P&P love :)

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    1. Well...you see...we have these kinds of dances at our school rather often. The dance cards, specifically, were the new element. I imagine we'll experience them at least once before we graduate. And then we'll tell you all about it. ;)

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  2. Dance cards that is soo cool. I love 'proper' dancing.

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  3. ohhh I so love that!!! I am such a sucker for things like that. Big Jane Austen fan, so I kind of have to :D

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  4. OMG! Having a Dance Card would be so cool. I wish I would get a chance to dress up in pretty gown and go waltzing with a gentleman.

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    1. "Gentlemen were scarce and there was more than one young lady sitting down in want of a partner."

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  5. I felt special because I did know what a dance card is. Thank you Louisa May Alcott.

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  6. Oh! I'm so jealous! I always wanted to go to a dance with a dance card!!!!

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