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Descriptions – American Civil War Era

Dances from the Civil War era can often be performed in different formations, but for convenience we have categorized them into the most common forms.  Click on the title of a dance to bring up a PDF of the description.

Balance and Swing of 19th Century


1850 Polka with Variations

Amelia’s Waltz

Barn Dance

Black Moccasin

Circle Waltz

Jenny Lind Polka

Jubilee Roundabout

Katherine’s Schottische

O Susanna

Old-time Schottische

Reel of Springfield

Sicilian Circle

Spanish Dance

Trios (easy version)


Walker Street Waltz


Boston March

Boys of Oak Hill

Bricklayers’ Hornpipe

Bucksaw Reel

Corn Rigs

Corner Triplet

Doubtful Shepherd

Duke of Kent

Fairfield Fancy

Farmers Jig

Foothills Fancy

German Spa

Gothic Dance

Harvest Home

Jefferson’s Reel

La Tempete

Larry’s Waltz

Lonesome Shepherd

Margate Hoy

Market Lass

Miss Blair’s Reel

Miss Moore’s Rant

Money Musk

My Heart’s Delight

New Century Hornpipe

Northdown Waltz

Opera Reel

Oregon Trail

Portland Fancy

Rory O’More

Snowball Contra

Strip the Willow

Ted’s Triplet

Turn a Leaf

Virginia Reel


Candlelight Waltz Quadrille

Lancer I

Lancer II

Lancer III

Lancer IV

Lancer V

Martha Quadrille

Nine Pin Quadrille

Polka Quadrille

Rose Quadrille

Royal Scotch Quadrille

Schottische Quadrille

The Sociable

Traditional Square

Twelve Square Reel

Union Quadrille I

Union Quadrille IV

Union Quadrille V

Waltz Quadrille

Windmill Quadrille