Washingtonians at Play

Unchanging pastimes in a changing dc

Fifth Grand Ball

Dance styles come and go, but the same impulse to dust up a dance floor afflicted Washingtonians then as now. This dance card for an 1884 ball hosted by a young men’s social club features a dedication – or shout-out, as it were – for each dance, including one “To our Lady Friends.” The men’s lady friends would have used this dance card to plan up to 30 dance partners for the night. Dance # 25 is aptly designated: “Wake Up.”


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