Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth Century

Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth Century Egil Bakka et al. (eds)

From ‘folk devils’ to ballroom dancers, Waltzing Through Europe explores the changing reception of fashionable couple dances in Europe from the eighteenth century onwards.

A refreshing intervention in dance studies, this book brings together elements of historiography, cultural memory, folklore, and dance across comparatively narrow but markedly heterogeneous localities. Rooted in investigations of often newly discovered primary sources, the essays afford many opportunities to compare sociocultural and political reactions to the arrival and practice of popular rotating couple dances, such as the Waltz and the Polka. Leading contributors provide a transnational and affective lens onto strikingly diverse topics, ranging from the evolution of romantic couple dances in Croatia, and Strauss’s visits to Hamburg and Altona in the 1830s, to dance as a tool of cultural preservation and expression in twentieth-century Finland.

Waltzing Through Europe creates openings for fresh collaborations in dance historiography and cultural history across fields and genres. It is essential reading for researchers of dance in central and northern Europe, while also appealing to the general reader who wants to learn more about the vibrant histories of these familiar dance forms.



Waltzing Through Europe: Attitudes towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth-Century
Egil Bakka, Theresa Jill Buckland, Helena Saarikoski and Anne von Bibra Wharton (eds) | Forthcoming 2020
ISBN Paperback: 9781783747320
ISBN Hardback: 9781783747337
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783747344
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783747351
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783747368
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783747375
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0174
Categories: BIC: ASD (Dance), HBTB (Social and cultural history), 1D (Europe), 3J (Modern period, c. 1500 onwards); BISAC: MUS011000 (MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Dance),  HIS054000 (HISTORY / Social History)