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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DANCE COLLECTION DANSE PRESENTS BY INVITATION ONLY Dance , Confederation and Reconciliation THE VICTORIAN - ERA BALL alls formed an important social gathering in Victorian Canada and dancing masters , such as John Freeman Davis and Signor Joseph Hazazer , earned their livings teaching the steps , music and social etiquette of the ballroom . B but advertisments for dancing teachers in North America often list the Boston Waltz among the dances they taught . Participants needed to know a variety of dances and recognize their corresponding music . Quadrilles and Lancers involved a square formation of four couples who performed a series of short dances with intertwining figures and floor patterns . Mazurkas derived from a Pol a ish folk dance and became popular in European ballrooms in the mid 19th century ; performed to a 34 time signature , the Mazurka is known for its accent on the second beat and for its improvisational quality . The lively Polka , which evolved from an Eastern Bohemian dance , became popular in Parisian ballrooms in the 1840s and soon spread through Europe and North America . There were many variations of the Waltz performed at balls including the French and the Viennese , The social etiquette taught by dancing masters included how to make a personal introduction , general deportment and rules for the ballroom , how to write and reply to invitations , and how to bow and curtsy . For example , it was considered good practice to send an invita tion three weeks in advance so that ladies would have time to prepare their dresses . According to teacher John Freeman Davis , if one wished to be noticed by any particular person at a ball , one was advised to “ put yourself in their way , as if by accident ” . Dressing appropriately was essential . Hoop skirts created a popu lar bell - shaped silhouette for dresses in the mid - 1800s but having a fuller bustle in the back of the dress , and less fullness in the front , was the fashion by the 1870s . DANCE COLLECTION DANSE