Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ballroom Dancing: Public Dances

Very often public dances are given in honor of some special occasion or a celebrated guest. They are very much like private dances, except that a specially appointed committee fulfills the position and duties of the hostess. At most public balls, the committee is composed of men and women who wear badges to indicate their position, and who stand at the door to receive and welcome each guest. These men and women do not dance the first dance, but wait until later in the evening when they are quite sure that all the guests have arrived; and then they are always back at their duty during the intervals between dances.

When a public ball is given in honor of some special person, that person should be met on his arrival and immediately introduced to the women on the reception committee and escorted to the seat reserved for him. He should be attended throughout the evening, introduced to everyone he does not know, and all his wants carefully taken care of. When he departs, he should be escorted to his carriage, and if he is a celebrated personage thanked for his presence--although truly cultured gentlemen prefer not to have this honor paid them.

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