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Ballroom polkas
Additional title: New Orleans polka
Webster, F. J (Arranger)
Guérard, Eugène Charles François, 1821-1866 (Associated name)
Desmaisons, Emilien, 1812-1880 (Associated name)
Peters & Field (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1846
Place: Louisville
Place: Cincinnati
Publisher: Peters & Field
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Pol 2
Dumilâtre, Adèle, 1821-1909
Polka (Dance)
Piano music
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: by various authors, as danced by the pupils of Monsr. Ernest and other distinguished & fashionable circles.
Caption title.
Content: On score: The New Orleans polka, as danced by the pupils of Madam Arraline Brooks, arranged for the Piano Forte & dedicated to Miss Mary Trabue, by F.J. Webster.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: This print reproduces an image originally published as a hand-colored lithograph by Desmaisons after Guérard in 1844 as part of the series Les annales de l'Opéra. It depicts the ballerina Adèle Dumilatre performing the polka at the Paris Opéra.
Biographical/historical: The polka enjoyed enormous popularity both as a dance and a musical form. Although opinions about its origins differ, it is believed to have roots in Poland or Bohemia. It was brought to Prague in 1837 and made its way to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Paris, and London. Capitalizing on its growing popularity as a ballroom dance, Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi introduced it to the ballet stage in 1844. In the mid 1800s, it rivalled the waltz as a dance craze. It has survived into the twenty-first century, and until 2009 was included as a category in the Grammy Awards.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : steel engraving, b&w ; 34 x 28 cm., image 9 x 8 cm. + music score (3 p.)
Sheet music cover illustration depicting a female dancer in an outdoor setting.
Type of Resource
Still image
Notated music
RLIN/OCLC: 825120324
Publisher's music plate number: 944 : W.C. Peters
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758954
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 91cf6150-89be-0134-c35d-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1846: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballroom polkas" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1846.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballroom polkas" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 22, 2024.

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Wikipedia Citation

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Ballroom polkas