Dancing is a big part of any wedding, but vintage style weddings are able to use a great retro trend — the dance card. This is a fun way to give your guests a special vintage memento, and really bring your theme out in a fabulous way. Dance cards were popular from the 18 th to early 20 th centuries and were a way for women at formal dances to record who they had danced with, or intended to dance with.
About Dance Cards D ance cards become popular items at balls and assemblies in the early 19th century. More formal balls in the previous century had begun with minuets, danced one couple at a time, in a rigidly prescribed order defined by the social rank of the dancers. The first dance would be led off by the highest ranking couple.
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Antique sterling Chatelaine dance card compact coin holder mechanical pencil hallmarked compact. This late 's all original finger chatelaine has 4 pieces which include a compact, an extending mechanical pencil, a cannonball shaped coin holder and dance cards with the original names on the simulated ivory pages. It is hard to come across something that has all the original pieces, especially since it is well over years old.
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A dance card  or programme du bal also known by its German-language name, Tanzkarte is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball. They appear to have originated in the 18th century, but their use first became widespread in 19th century Viennaespecially at the massive balls during Fasching before Lent. According to the Oxford English Dictionarythe first published use of the term in English was in An actual dance card is typically a booklet with a decorative cover, listing dance titles, composersand the person with whom the woman intended to dance.
History Events Mailing List subscribe unsubscribe. What follows are a few guidelines for those engaged in "Vintage" dance -- though to be honest, I think they would apply equally to a disco. Good behavior is good behavior.
The minuets, danced one couple at a time in a rigidly prescribed order defined by the social rank of the dancers, gave way entirely to less formal dances as quadrilles and dances done with a single partner, like the waltz and the polka. In the new social context the 'Dance cards' 'carnet de bal' in French were used by ladies to keep track of the gentleman to whom they had promised dances in the course of the evening. The ladies participated in the ball with their personal 'Dance card' contained into an elaborate cover of bone, silver or ivory, often with miniature petit point canvas inserts. They were small enough to be readily portable and, together with the 'posy holder' tussie mussiewere an indispensable complement to ball's accessorizing.