Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:50 PM
The use of dance cards is a tradition that has all but disappeared
from social occasions. However, as the ladies arrive at the
Sherburne Memorial Library Centennial Celebration Gala, Sept. 8,
they will be presented with a dance card emblazoned with the
Library's centennial local created by the very talented local
artist Peter Gould.
If you look up "dance card" you'll find a description similar to
this: A dance card, programme du bal, or Tanskarte (German), is
used by a lady to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she
intends to dance each successive dance at a gala. They are thought
to have originated in the 18th century by their use first became
widespread in 19th century Vienna. They were particularly popular
at massive balls during Fasching (German for the a week of partying
leading up to Mardi Gras) just before Lent.
An actual dance card is typically a booklet with a decroative
cover, listing dance titles, composers, and the person with whom
the women intented to dance. When somes says "pencit me into your
dance card" it means "find some time to spend with me." Conversely,
if someone's "dance card is full" it implies that even though they
may be interested, they have no time for another person.
Cool, isn't it?
Gentlemen, here is your chance to make huge brownie points with
your special lady. This is that special occasion for her to get all
dressed up, which you know she is dying to do, and for your to take
her out for an evening of music and dancing at the Sherburne
Memorial Library Centennial Celebration Gala.
Ladies, here's that special occasion for you to dress to the
nines, get your man to shine his dress shoes (we know he'll need
some coaxing), and go out for an evening of music and dancing with
your friends and neighbors. For more info, call The Sherburne
Memorial Library, 422-9765.