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Vintage Eras

My own very rough, and loose, definition of "Vintage" . . . .
=  any music or dance that is not "contemporary" (just my view)
A "vintage dance" era has a style of movement, a style of music, and a style od dress (costume) that "match."
The actual dates of the "Era's" (so-called vintages) are also loosely determined.
Some of the eras we use are listed below. (Others will undoubtedly name them differently.)
Samples of the vintage music that matches the dances.

Name of Era
Dance Title                 Music Title               (Composer, if known)
From "early man" to modern people.
Often spiritual, religious, social status.
Male and females often have seperate ceremonies.
Moon Dance? Sun Dance? Rain Dance
Harvest? Midwinter?
Roya, Relgious and other Elites celebration.
Belly dancing. We know they had musical instruments from archeological evidence, including instruments and cave paintings.
Folk Dance
1500 onwards
(esp. 1800-1900's)
Not true partner dances
(Dancers mixed during dance)
People danced in Formatioins of Lines/Circles/Squares
Sir Roger de Coverely (later to become the Virginia Ree, and othersl)
Virginia Reel.            - traditional reels
Circle Dances.           - traditional reels, jigs, horn[pipes, waltzes
"Regency" (E.C.D.)
1750 - 1820
Still not true partner dancing.
Dancers mixed during dance
Still in formations. New formations were Quadrille and Cotillions.
Duke of Kent's Waltz.  - Duke of Kent's Waltz   trad.
Spanish Waltz               - Contradance     (Beethoven)
                                      - Cinderella Waltz  (Rossini)
                                     - Landler, Opus 606 #1 (Mozart)
Varsovienne                  - Varsoviana         trad.
Quadrilles (Squares)       - The Lancers 5th Fig (Danish)
1815 - 1900
(before Q. Victoria's reign)
True partner dancing begins!
Dancers stay with a partner for an entire tune! This was not always popular, so some mixed dances were re-introduced. (Quadrilles etc)
Some dances were "free-style" others were "Sequences."
"Leading and Following" starts.
Rotary Waltz & Polka are hits
Many other dance forms start up.
Quadrilles continue        - Waltz Cotillion
(they are more "social") - Lancers 5th (U.K.) (Finke-Linke)
Waltz "Allemande"      - Viennese "Landler" (Lanner)
Rotary Waltz            - Strauss (etc)
Polka                         - Bohemian National Polka (Strauss)
Galop                          - Veto Galop ("Make Peace")
    plus Gavotte / Mazurka / Redowa / and other dances
Early Jazz.
Rock & Roll)
1890's - 1950's"Everybody Danced" just for social fun.
Close hold, cheek-to-cheek,
Many partners. It was almst rude to monopolise a partner.
Men loved dancing but there were never enough of them for the women - so the women often danced together.
"Taxi-Dances" existed. (Don;t ask)

"Salon Orchestras"
"Big Band" - Glen Miller etc (1940's)
Rock & Roll Bands (electronic)

Radio and then T.V.  helped the spread of new dances and bands.

Waltz    (always popular)
Two-Step (1890's)             - many
Cake Walk (1890')              - several
Tango        (1890's)
Rumba        (1890's)
One Step (1912 revival)         - Too Much Mustard
Shim-Sham  (1910's) Solo (like a line dance)
The Toddle       (1920's)
The Charleston (1920's)
The Shag   (early 1920's)
Lindy Hop (and Jitterbug and "Jive") (Late 1920's)
Blues (fast & slow) (1910's and later)
Balboa (1940's)
West Coast Swing (late 1930's)
Swing       (1930's)
Rock & Roll (Jive) (1950's)_
Sequence Dances
1901 - 1958Often called "Old Time Dancing" it was a hold over from the dances of the Victorian era. Over 4,000 dances exists!
A mere sampling is to the right ----->
After 1958 the holds became more reliant on the modern "frame" an d lots of Latin dances with arm and hip movement became popular. It was no longer "Old Time." (in my opinion)
Veleta (Waltz)            - Veleta      (Smith)
Destiny Waltz           - Destiny Waltz (Baynes)
Hesitation Waltz      - Merry Widow (Lehar)
La Rinka (waltz)        - La Rinka (Hurndall)
Yearning Saunter    (smooth foxtrot) Yearning (N. Moret)            -
Square Tango           -  many traditional tango tunes
Palais Glide  (novelty) - Poor Little Angeline (Gross)
Barn Dance (Schottische) - The Trout (Schubert) / Gavotte (??)
Swedish Masquerade   - traditional (slow march / fast waltz / fast jig)

One Step / Tango / Shag / Lindy Hop / Blues / Swing / Charleston / Balboa / W.C.S.
Shim Sham
The Toddle               - The Toddle
Lindy Hop (& various forms of "jive") - many tunes suitable
                             many dances & tunes available                            
Mid 20th Century
after 1940'sJive & Latin; also many fads
We tend to just continue social dancing - mostly jive / Lindy
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