There are vintage dance societies in cities and towns
all around the US and indeed in Europe, too. The term
“vintage dance” was coined by Prof. Richard Powers, then
at the University of Cincinnati, to refer to the social
dances of the period from about 1840 to 1940. Vintage
dancers seek to re-create not only the steps and
patterns and style of these dances, but the music,
costumes, manners and whole social milieu of the times.
Vintage dance is living history.
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For us at LVD, vintage dance encompasses these periods
and representative dance forms:
The Regency Era (1800-1830) - English Country
Dances, Scottish Jigs and Reels, French Quadrilles, and
the early German Waltz.
The Romantic Era (1840-1875) - Polka, Grande
Waltz, Schottische, Mazurka, Waltz-Redowa, Polonaise and
The Late Victorian Period (1875-1905) -
Variations on the romantic dances, plus the New Waltz,
Cake Walk, and Two-step.
The Ragtime Period (1910-1917) - One-step or
Castle Walk, Tango, Foxtrot, Maxixe, and various Animal
The Jazz Age (1920-1935) - Charleston, Blues,
Foxtrot, Samba, and Lindy Hop.
These dance styles are the roots of the modern
ballroom dances like the foxtrot, slow waltz and
Viennese waltz, as well as contemporary popular dances
like swing and Argentine Tango.
In addition, LVD sponsors classes and events by our
affiliates in Argentine Tango, Scottish Country Dance,
and other related areas.