Sir William Lucas: What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr Darcy! – There is nothing like dancing after all. – I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies. Mr Darcy: Certainly, Sir; – and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished socieites of the world. – Every savage can dance.
Chapter 6, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
I have always loved dancing. Not ballet or jazz or tap, but old-fashioned couple dancing.
As a child I was often taken to bush dances or barn dances by my parents and I grew to love it. More recently I have been involved with folk dancing and colonial dancing. It has the added advantage of creating a great excuse to dress up and wear some of my period costumes too!
Here is a short movie compilation of the dance scenes in various Jane Austen movies.
Dancing is my cup of tea!
Sources and Relevant Links
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen – read online.