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The Glide, Or Dodworth's Boston

( Originally Published 1898 )

As an introduction to the mechanical description of this dance I quote the following language of Professor Allen Dodworth, whose prominence in the profession, high social standing, and thorough acquaintance with the whole subject of dancing, place him at the head of anthorities in this country.


" The origin of this dance has been, and is still, a frequent subject of discussion. I incline to the belief that it is not an invention, but a growth springing out of a natural desire in our young people for a change.

"we had been hopping in the 'hop waltz,' jumping in the quick redowa,' for a number of years ; had allowed those who were so inclined free license to tear about in the galop, until this desire for a change to a more composed and gentle style became general. This manifested itself first in subduing the redowa,' and, the progress continning, resnlted in the present Boston.'

"Let us be thankful for the good taste that has brought about so desirable a change. . . I value the present opportunity of observing this dance from its beginning, and have noticed how gradnally the good taste of our young people has modified what at first was a truly ungraceful motion, until now it approaches that beautiful old-fashioned dance, the Spanish waltz. In fact, our modern Boston,' with the dipping motion omitted, is precisely that old-fashioned waltz, and is so named by many at the present time. . . . I felt that in its first stage, and during the transition period, I could not recommend it to my pupils; but in its present form I feel real pleasure in describing it as the latest and best."

The fact that all really accomplished dancers prefer the glide to any other waltz, is evidence of the truth of the saying that bad dancers like fast time.

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