Dance in California Sheet Music
Dancers in San Francisco
- Quadrille. Because the choreography was printed below each number
in "The True Lancers' Quadrilles" ("as danced at the state balls), it is possible
to reconstruct the sequence of steps used. Among the steps used are the
"balancez," "chassez," "pirouette," "ballotes."
"The San Francisco Quadrilles" were arranged by George Peck from "the most
favourite Negro melodies," including "Poor Nelly," "Old Folks at Home,"
"Carry Me Long," "The Virginia Rosebud," and "Nelly Bly."
- Quick step
- Varsoviana The choreography "as taught at Mr. Hazard's Dancing
Academy" of a varsoviana was printed by Atwill in 1856: "The Rose" is one
of four dances in the series "Flowers of California" written by L. T. Planel
and decorated with a charming lithograph of a young girl elegantly dressed.
- Cakewalk, or Pas-ma-la "My Honolulu Lady" by Lee Johnson includes
a dance at the end entitled Pas-ma-la, or Cakewalk. A photo of the "Newsboys'
Quintette" that performed the piece is included on the last page of the
digitized images of "Rosie Cleary," also by Lee Johnson.
The lyrics of "My Darktown Gal" by Lee Johnson mention cakewalks and
coonhops, and the African American dancers of 1897
are pictured in a photograph on
- Buck and Wing. James A. Marshall and Walter Wolff published a collection
of dance tunes called "Evening Pastimes" (1897) with a lithograph on the
cover of slaves dancing to banjo accompaniment. Labelled "Buck and Wing
Dance (Characteristic)", as well as ragtime, instructions in the music
include doing the "Johnny Bull" and "Jackass Grin" as well as the "Bombasha".
Mandolina Dance. Composed by Johnny Donigan expressly
for a "Mandolin Ballet" that was
invented and arranged by Bolossy Kiralfy (Hungarian-born)
, and played on the mandolin
by Kiralfy's Secondas Dancers. S.F., Matthias Gray, 1888.
Another edition published by Broder & Schlam, 1888, with castinet cues.
Sources: Bolossy Kiralfy, Creator of Great Musical Spectacles: An
Autobiography, ed. Barbara M. Barker (Theater and Dramatic Studies, no.
50). Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1988.
- Mr. Hazard, Mr. Hazard's Dancing Academy. See The Rose, Varsoviana, 1856
- Bolossy Kiralfy's Secondas Dancers. See Mandolina Dance, 1888.
- Newsboys' Quintette. See My Honolulu Lady, pas-ma-la or cakewalk.
- Madamoiselle Erminie Venturoli, California Theatre. See Palace of Truth. Polka Mazurka. 1872