Dance and Drill: Polite Accomplishments and Military Masculinities in Georgian Britain

TitleDance and Drill: Polite Accomplishments and Military Masculinities in Georgian Britain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMcCormack, Matthew
JournalCultural and Social History
Volume8
Issue3
Pagination315-330
Date Published09/2011
Abstract

Scholars have long noted the analogies between social dancing and infantry drill. This article argues that, in eighteenth-century Britain, the connections between dance and drill went further than mere analogy. As well as playing important roles in the culture of polite masculinity and the ceremonial life of the military, dance was held in high esteem by military thinkers, trainers and soldiers alike as a means to foster the bodily health, graceful deportment and synchronicity of movement that were prided on the battlefield.

URLhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/cash/2011/00000008/00000003/art00003
Short TitleDance and Drill
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HN1 .C85