Dancing was the dominant pastime
of colonial Virginians of all classes, though it was a special occupation of the planter elite. As the Virginia colony
stabilized late in the seventeenth century, its inhabitants attempted to model their
emerging culture after that of England, where dancing was hugely popular. Soon
dancing began to take place in plantation homes, taverns, and halls built for the
express purpose of hosting formal parties. A market developed for professiona. . .
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