2022, Dances and Dancers, Prestigious London Balls c.1800-1820

The late 18th and early 19th centuries experienced a publishing boom, London’s music and dance culture were documented as never before. Numerous anecdotal reports of society balls were published offering a glimpse into the lifestyles of the nobility and gentry; some of those reports listed the dances that were enjoyed, this paper will review what we can learn from such references.


Paul Cooper is a Regency Dancing enthusiast and researcher, a member of the Hampshire Regency Dancers and Treasurer of the Early Dance Circle. He shares his research papers through the RegencyDances.org website, and is a regular visitor to the British Library’s music collections.