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How To: Do a late nineteenth-century quadrille dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Quadrille dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Quadrille dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon Fan dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing German cotillon Fan dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German cotillon Fan dance, or L'Èventail.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a German cotillon dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German dance, also known as cotillon, German cotillon, "Blind Man's Buff," Le Colin Maillard,...

How To: Dance late nineteenth-century waltz variations

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing waltz variations. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz variation dances.

How To: Dance a nineteenth-century Washington post two step

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Washington post two step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Washington post two step dance.

How To: Dance a nineteenth-century Waltz&Loomis' Glide Mazurka

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Waltz and Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz and Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth century Waltz cotillon dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Eugenie and Waltz cotillon dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century "The Eugenie" and Waltz Cotillion, also known as Waltz Quadrille.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century butterfly dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a butterfly dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century butterfly dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century dance bow and curtsy

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, doing a bow and curtsy for dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century dance salutation or bow and curtsy.

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Schottisch dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this mid-nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Schottisch dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a mid-nineteenth century Schottisch dance, also known as a schotisch or schottische.

How To: Dance a mid-nineteenth-century Varsovienne/varsoviana

The Library of Congress video archives brings this mid-nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Varsovienne or varsoviana dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a mid-nineteenth century Vasovienne or varsoviana dance.

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Five Step Waltz dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this mid-nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Five Step Waltz dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a mid-nineteenth century Five Step Waltz, also known as Cinq Temps, Valse en Cinq Temps, or Waltze à Cinque Temps dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century Waltz dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Waltz dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century "the Carlton " dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Carlton dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Carlton dance.

How To: Do a nineteenth-century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-Century Waltz Minuet dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Waltz Minuet dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz Minuet dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century Star Schottische dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this traditional dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a late nineteenth-century Star Scottische dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth-century Star Scottische Durat dance.

How To: Dance a one step variation of the ragtime

The Library of Congress video archives brings this ragtime dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a one step variation of the ragtime. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video dance tutorial and learn how to do a one step variation of the ragtime.

How To: Dance the Soukous

In this 5 part tutorial video, you will learn how to dance the Soukous. Soukous is a vernacular dance which is one of many roots of swing dance. Originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this form of dance has been modernized, much like today's swing is a descendant of the cakewalk and Texas Tommy.

How To: Perform "Natta Adavu" in Indian Bharatanatyam dance

"Natta" means to stretch and so this adavu (foot work) involves some stretching to form beautiful patterns. The "Natta Adavu" involves heel contacts of the feet. Thus word “Nattu” in Tamil is also referred to “perching of heels”. So get ready for some stretching and synchronization of hands and legs with this Bharatanatyam dance how to video. This is a nine part video tutorial for this 13 step traditional Indian dance move.

How To: Perform "Tatta Adavu" in Indian Bharatanatyam dance

In Bharatanatyam, the word "Tatta" literally means "to tap". "Adavu" is translated as foot work, but "adavu" is not a presentation limited to usage of the the feet. Every single limb of the body is coordinated in a certain style. In this traditional Indian dance how to video, we are taught the Bharatanatyam way of leg tapping. This "adavu" involves only the use of legs unlike most other "adavus."

How To: Do Afro-Cuban dance

In this instructional video series, our expert will show you the basics of Afro-Cuban dance by teaching basic steps, giving pointers on special moves and techniques as well as history on the origins of Afro-Cuban dance and the music and musical instruments that accompany it.

How To: Dance the Washington Post Two Step

The two-step is a step found in many folk dances, and in various other dances. The Washington Post Two Step is a 19th Century name originating in the USA. It is similar to the traditional two-step dance but slowed down and a bit jumpier. This video is only a demonstration, and unfortunately it does not give step by step instructions.

How To: Irish Step dance at an intermediate level

In these instructional video dance lessons, our expert will demonstrate intermediate-level Irish step dances, including treble shuffles, cuts, kicks, and hop moves, as well as combination clicks and stamps. Additionally, you will learn how to do the butterfly combo, complete with tips and suggestions for your own practice routines.

How To: Irish step dance

In this instructional video dance lesson, our expert will explain the basic stances of Irish Step dance. Additionally, you will get to see a wide variety of moves and combos demonstrated, complete with tips and suggestions for your own routines. Learn how to dazzle a crowd with your Hop Step move and when its time to use a Rock move. This series is a basic introduction to Irish step dancing for novices and beginners.