Hello-y! Hope you all had a good weekend. Can you believe Christmas is in two days??? Eep! And the ball that I have been informing you all about is this week too! Egads! So much to do, so much to do…
Speaking of the ball, you all had a few questions and seemed interested enough in Etiquette that I decided to do a post on it. Are you all ready to learn a bit of Victorian Ballroom Etiquette?
Allright, so our ball isn’t meant to be a “victorian” ball, but the following Etiquette guidelines are what we will be using, and according to the source from which I gleaned them, they are victorian guidelines; thus today you will be learning etiquette from the height of the ballroom era.
For the Ladies:
Ladies should not be too hasty in filling their program on their entrance to the ball room, as they may have cause for regret should a friend happen to enter.
A lady should not attend a public ball without an escort, nor should she promenade the ball room alone; in fact, no lady should be left unattended.
For the Gentlemen:
you didn’t dance at all? (aka, you can’t refuse one young man to dance with another.)
Yes, according to the basic rules of etiquette which you can see above, it is considered almost rude to refuse a gentleman’s request to dance. Of course if there is something completely objectionable about the gentleman’s character or behavior, the lady is quite right to refuse, though she still can’t stand up with anyone else.
I’m not entirely sure about this one. I need to do more research about the proper answer. I always thought it would be difficult for the guys, too! We decided, since this is the first dance that the Church is hosting with Dance Cards, that we would have them for everyone, just to make it easier.
Okay, what’s ironic about this question, is that I always make this my problem at our dances, even though it shouldn’t be! As far as learning the dances, my Dad or I typically teach them, and for this ball Dad is going to teach the contra dances, and we are going to have an instructor for the waltz.