The Newport and the Ripple are not the same dance. Try Melvin Ballou Gilbert's 1890s dance manual "Round Dancing" for instructions.


On 8/4/2016 10:27 AM, Katy Bishop wrote:
In vintage dance circles we've done the Newport and the Ripple--they are
real 1890s dance steps.

The NEwport (sort of a limping step:

Newport                Leap back left, across LOD (gents) with a quarter
turn, Side right and close, Side right and Close, Leap forward right
(gents) with a quarter turn, Side left and close, Side left close..i.e.:

Don't remember the ripple sequence of steps.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 1:10 PM, <> wrote:

Hello the list, after so long…

Doing a play (“Camping with Henry and Tom”) where the character Henry Ford
refers to two dances:  The Ripple and The Newport. A quick Google doesn’t
yiield anything. Did the playwright just make up these dance names, or were
they real dances around 1920? I’d very much like to hear from any reenactor
who has danced one or both, or even heard of one or both.

Any help appreciated!

—Ruth Anne Baumgartner

On Jun 9, 2016, at 11:14 PM, Christine Robb <>
(Retrying - originally sent May 30 but it failed to be delivered)

Best website with a couple of pictures:
Heard about this exhibit on the radio today.  There's a longer call-in
radio show here: "For the
love of Lucille" with people calling in to share stories about
clothing that was personal to them in some way, and with some
additional content about the exhibition, but the 5 minute clip on the
first link is probably more informative about the exhibit.

Runs May 7 - November 13, 2016

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