The Fleming Family’s dance school at Bath 1750-1800

Spring, M (2015) 'The Fleming Family’s dance school at Bath 1750-1800.' In: Segal, B and Tuck, W, eds. Ballroom, stage and village green:
 contexts for early dance. Early Dance Circle, Orcheston. ISBN 9870955353260

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For over fifty years two generations of the Fleming family were at the centre of dance activity in Georgian Bath. The musical skills of the Irishman Francis Fleming and the graceful steps of the Frenchwoman Anne Roland were brought together in the 1740s and were the basis of a partnership that produced Bath’s longest standing dance school, plus a new generation of dance teachers in their daughters Anne Teresa and Catherine (Kitty), who continued the family partnership after the death of their mother in 1759 and father in 1778. Although the sister’s partnership was dissolved in the 1790s, Anna did not retire from teaching until 1805. For most of half a century the Fleming’s advertised their Balls and Benefits each year, kept premises in town for their schools, and often travelled to France to learn the latest steps. This article reviews the Fleming family’s activities in the second half of the eighteenth-century and that of the rival dance schools operating in Bath in this period.

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Proceedings of a conference held at Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath on 11–13 April 2014.

Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 16:01
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