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A drawing of the proper position for a lady's left hand from a 1916 dance instruction manual
The proper dance positions from a 1916 dance instruction manual

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The Wonderful Waltz
Today, ballroom dancing is almost considered a competitive sport; professionals perform different dances, each with strict rules. Everything from where the dancers place their hands to how they move is judged. In the glide waltz, dancers are judged by how smoothly they move. In the old days, if someone said, "I can dance with a glass of water on my head," you knew that person was a fine dancer. In the past, some people learned how to dance by reading manuals, while others studied with a teacher called the "dancing master." How do people learn to dance today?
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