This dance card lists the dances at a ball, with the signatures of gentlemen who have reserved them. The waltz and the two-step, which made its appearance in the late 19th century, predominate.

A very strict dancing étiquette applied to society balls. A young man could not ask the same young woman to dance more than twice in a row. A lady must not refuse to dance with one gentleman and then accept the invitation of another. The man had to salute, hold out his hand and then his right arm to his partner for the next dance, before walking about the ballroom while waiting for the music to begin.

All these rules of conduct shaped the behaviour of the upper classes between the middle of the 19th century and the first third of the 20th.
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