By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit didactic panels
Curators: Amy Bowring, Troy Emery Twigg
Design: Michael Ripley
Beaded flowers: Barry Ace
Embroidered flowers: Amy Bowring
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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit
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DANCE COLLECTION DANSE PRESENTS BY INVITATION ONLY Dance , Confederation and Reconciliation THE CONFEDERATION BALLS W a omen and dance played an essential role in the networking that took place during the 1864 conferences that ultimate led to Confederation . This aspect of history is described in detail in the diaries of Mercy Coles , daughter of PEI's opposition leader , George Coles ; and Lady Frances Monck , sister of Sir Charles Stanley Monck , Governor General prior to and following Confedera tion . Several balls were held during the conferences in Charlottetown and Quebec City , no doubt because dancing together builds comarade rie and goodwill . PEI delegate Edward Whelan wrote in the Examiner , " The Cabinet ministers ... are the most inveterate dancers I have ever seen , they do not seem to miss a dance the live - long night . They are cunning fellows ; and there is no doubt it is all done for a political pur pose ; they know if they can dance themselves into the affections of the wives and daughters of the country , the men will certainly become an easy conquest . ” Women's social function was valued but they were not invited to participate in the actual conversation about Confederation . A Grand Ball was held in Charlottetown on September 8 , 1864 in Province House where the delegates had met throughout the previ ous week ; this had been preceded by a couple of post - dinner dances as well . The Quebec City Conference included multiple balls . The Gover nor's Ball was held October 14 , Madame Tessier , wife of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the Province of Canada , hosted a ball on October 19 ; and a Bachelors ' Ball was held at the Provincial Build ing on October 21. The Delegates ' Ball on October 28 celebrated the completion of a draft constitution . The balls consisted of a variety of dances such as quadrilles , lancers , polkas , mazurkas and waltzes . There was usually a supper served around midnight or 1 a.m. and sometimes speeches as well . The balls often lasted into the wee hours of the morn ing . a a " DANCE COLLECTION DANSE