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18th Sep '16 3:44:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheTudors'', there are a ''lot'' of Dances And Balls (complete with feasts). Of course, the show ''is'' about the palace life and reign of Henry the VIII...

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* In ''TheTudors'', ''Series/TheTudors'', there are a ''lot'' of Dances And Balls (complete with feasts). Of course, the show ''is'' about the palace life and reign of Henry the VIII...
9th Sep '16 10:08:06 AM StFan
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->''"I should like balls infinitely better," she replied, "if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day."''

->''"Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball."''
-->--'''Creator/JaneAusten''', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''

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->''"I ->'''Caroline Bingley:''' I should like balls infinitely better," she replied, "if better if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day."''

->''"Much
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'''Charles Bingley:''' Much
more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball."''
-->--'''Creator/JaneAusten''',
ball.
-->--
''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''






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* Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' had one with only two participants. (Yes, it does make sense and is visually impressive... but it's a few steps above showing off.)
** Of course, the Beast has his own, personal ballroom, so yeah...
* Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' had one, of course, as it was part of the original fairy tale.
** Cinderella has to plan another one in the direct-to-DVD sequel ''Cinderella II''.

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* Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' had one with only two participants. (Yes, it does make sense and is visually impressive... but it's a few steps above showing off.)
**
) Of course, the Beast has his own, personal ballroom, so yeah...
* Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' had one, of course, as it was part of the original fairy tale.
**
tale. Cinderella has to plan another one in the direct-to-DVD sequel ''Cinderella II''.



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* Almost any film about high society in any period of history, particularly an era known for its GorgeousPeriodDress, will have at least one scene set at a ball or other grand party. Movies based on the novels of Creator/JaneAusten, EdithWharton or Creator/HenryJames will almost certainly have a Dances And Balls scene, for example.

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* Almost any film about high society in any period of history, particularly an era known for its GorgeousPeriodDress, will have at least one scene set at a ball or other grand party. Movies based on the novels of Creator/JaneAusten, EdithWharton Creator/EdithWharton or Creator/HenryJames will almost certainly have a Dances And Balls scene, for example.






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* Creator/JaneAusten ''loves'' this trope: ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', and ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' all feature balls very prominently. They're a great place for meeting your future mate. Considering that balls were a staple of upper-class social gatherings in late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Britain, this makes a certain amount of sense.
** Also a stately couple's dance is a handy way of flirting without crossing the line of propriety. In fact, arguably that is one of their purposes.

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* Creator/JaneAusten ''loves'' this trope: ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', and ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' all feature balls very prominently. They're a great place for meeting your future mate. Considering that balls were a staple of upper-class social gatherings in late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Britain, this makes a certain amount of sense.
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sense. Also a stately couple's dance is a handy way of flirting without crossing the line of propriety. In fact, arguably that is one of their purposes.



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-->''you can hear the music''
-->''Of the weak pipe and the little drum''
-->''And see them dancing around the bonfire''
-->''the association of man and woman''
-->''In daunsinge, signifying matrimonie''
-->''A dignified and commodious sacrament.''
-->''Two and two, necessarye coniunction,''
-->''Holding eche other by the hand or the arm''
-->''Whiche betokeneth concorde. Round and round the fire''
-->''Leaping through the flames, or joined in circles,''
-->''Rustically solemn or in rustic laughter''
-->''Lifting heavy feet in clumsy shoes,''
-->''Earth feet, loam feet, lifted in country mirth.''

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-->''you can hear the music''
-->''Of
music\\
Of
the weak pipe and the little drum''
-->''And
drum\\
And
see them dancing around the bonfire''
-->''the
bonfire\\
the
association of man and woman''
-->''In
woman\\
In
daunsinge, signifying matrimonie''
-->''A
matrimonie\\
A
dignified and commodious sacrament.''
-->''Two
\\
Two
and two, necessarye coniunction,''
-->''Holding
coniunction,\\
Holding
eche other by the hand or the arm''
-->''Whiche
arm\\
Whiche
betokeneth concorde. Round and round the fire''
-->''Leaping
fire\\
Leaping
through the flames, or joined in circles,''
-->''Rustically
circles,\\
Rustically
solemn or in rustic laughter''
-->''Lifting
laughter\\
Lifting
heavy feet in clumsy shoes,''
-->''Earth
shoes,\\
Earth
feet, loam feet, lifted in country mirth.''
''



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* The second act of the Lloyd-Webber version of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' begins with a massive masquerade ball (which the Phantom, of course, crashes).

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* The second act of the Lloyd-Webber version of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' begins with a massive masquerade ball (which the Phantom, of course, crashes).



** [[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Juliet]] first meet disguised at the Capulet masquerade ball
** A ball acts as a plot point in MuchAdoAboutNothing, when Hero and Claudio get together and Beatrice continues to insult Benedick. There is also a random pre-wedding dance at the very end after everyone is happy and engaged again.

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** [[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Juliet]] Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet first meet disguised at the Capulet masquerade ball
ball.
** A ball acts as a plot point in MuchAdoAboutNothing, ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', when Hero and Claudio get together and Beatrice continues to insult Benedick. There is also a random pre-wedding dance at the very end after everyone is happy and engaged again.



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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' does [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081121 their version]] of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" ... '''for science!'''

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' does ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** They do
[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081121 their version]] of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" ... '''for science!'''



--> '''Agatha:''' WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU TWO? ARE YOU TWELVE? BOYFRIENDS?! SERIOUSLY?! [[NotAGame I've got more important things to worry about]]! The baron wants me dead! An impostor is trying to take my place! Armies are trying to take over town! The castle is broken and the "Other" is still in my head! Also, I'm very hungry and need a bath! Now, when all that's taken care of, we'll have a ''great big'' fancy party, and I'll wear a pretty dress, and I'll dance with ''all'' the boys, and everything will be sugar hearts and flowers!
...
--> '''Violet:''' This party - can I have a pretty dress too?
--> '''Agatha:''' ... Well of course. Assuming you're still alive.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' -- Bob and Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100130.html attend a royal ball]] on an alien planet at Princess Voluptua's invitation. Most of the dancers are Nemesite butterfly people, and do their dancing in midair. Major plot/character development stuff ensues.

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--> '''Agatha:''' --->'''Agatha:''' WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH YOU TWO? ARE YOU TWELVE? BOYFRIENDS?! SERIOUSLY?! [[NotAGame I've got more important things to worry about]]! The baron wants me dead! An impostor is trying to take my place! Armies are trying to take over town! The castle is broken and the "Other" is still in my head! Also, I'm very hungry and need a bath! Now, when all that's taken care of, we'll have a ''great big'' fancy party, and I'll wear a pretty dress, and I'll dance with ''all'' the boys, and everything will be sugar hearts and flowers!
...
--> '''Violet:'''
flowers!\\
[...]\\
'''Violetta:'''
This party - -- can I have a pretty dress too?
-->
too?\\
'''Agatha:''' ... Well of course. Assuming you're still alive.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' -- ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'': Bob and Jean [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100130.html attend a royal ball]] on an alien planet at Princess Voluptua's invitation. Most of the dancers are Nemesite butterfly people, and do their dancing in midair. Major plot/character development stuff ensues.



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* In ''TheGunganCouncil'', there are at least three are hosted each year, and they're ''usually'' non-violent.

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* In ''TheGunganCouncil'', ''Roleplay/TheGunganCouncil'', there are at least three are hosted each year, and they're ''usually'' non-violent.
non-violent.



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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the royal Equestrian social event of the year, The Grand Galloping Gala, as a plot arc in the first season. All the mane six ponies have their own reasons to attend, but of them it's Rarity who has the most "fairy tale" plan - to meet a handsome prince. None of them get quite what they wanted out of the event, and it ends in a disaster for most of the guests in attendance, but the girls end up having a good night anyway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the royal Equestrian social event of the year, The Grand Galloping Gala, as a plot arc in the first season. All the mane six ponies have their own reasons to attend, but of them it's Rarity who has the most "fairy tale" plan - -- to meet a handsome prince. None of them get quite what they wanted out of the event, and it ends in a disaster for most of the guests in attendance, but the girls end up having a good night anyway.
anyway.
29th Aug '16 2:58:47 PM margdean56
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* Annie Moffat's St. Valentines Day Ball in LittleWomen.

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* Annie Moffat's St. Valentines Day Ball in LittleWomen.''LittleWomen''.
29th Aug '16 2:56:05 PM margdean56
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* Since many of her novels are set in Austen's period (the English Regency), Creator/GeorgetteHeyer often includes balls in them as well.

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* Since many of her novels are set in Austen's period (the English Regency), Creator/GeorgetteHeyer often includes balls in them as well. Examples include:
** In ''These Old Shades'', the Duke of Avon gives a ball to introduce his ward.
** ''An Infamous Army'' includes the historical Duchess of Richmond's ball.
** In ''Friday's Child'', important plot events take place at Lady Fakenham's ball.
** In ''The Grand Sophy'', Sophy gives a ball at her aunt and uncle's house for five hundred of her most intimate friends.
** In ''The Quiet Gentleman'', the ball held at Stanyon is important to the plot (and to many of those in the neighborhood).
** In ''April Lady'', the heroine, Nell, gives a ball.
** In ''Sylvester'', a distressing incident occurs when Sylvester dances with Phoebe.
** In ''Frederica'', Alverstoke gives a ball with ulterior motives.
** In ''Charity Girl'', Desford first meets Cherry Steane while attending a ball given by her aunt.
29th Aug '16 2:41:53 PM margdean56
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* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' opens up with a complete BigLippedAlligatorMoment one, as scenes of a wounded Saliari being hauled to the asylum are intercut with scenes of a ball, solely to show off [[SceneryPorn Scenery]] and CostumePorn.

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* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' opens up with a complete BigLippedAlligatorMoment one, as scenes of a wounded Saliari Salieri being hauled to the asylum are intercut with scenes of a ball, solely to show off [[SceneryPorn Scenery]] and CostumePorn.



** Also a stately couple's dance is a handy way of flirting without crossing propriety. In fact, arguably that is one of their purposes.

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** Also a stately couple's dance is a handy way of flirting without crossing the line of propriety. In fact, arguably that is one of their purposes.purposes.
* Since many of her novels are set in Austen's period (the English Regency), Creator/GeorgetteHeyer often includes balls in them as well.



* The Yule ball in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. The Yule Ball has become a very popular plot point for a lot of fanfiction writers, a good many ignoring the fact that it only is supposed to take place during the Triwizard Event and instead treating it like a wizarding Homecoming/Prom. This provides golden opportunity to put their characters in [[CostumePorn elaborately-described dresses]] and have a DanceOfRomance, or at least show off their favorite couples.

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* The Yule ball in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. The Yule Ball has become a very popular plot point for a lot of fanfiction writers, a good many ignoring the fact that it only is supposed to take place during the Triwizard Event and instead treating it like a wizarding Homecoming/Prom. This provides golden opportunity opportunities to put their characters in [[CostumePorn elaborately-described dresses]] and have a DanceOfRomance, or at least show off their favorite couples.



* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', Smith happens on a vale where many maidens are dancing. Though rebuked for venturing without leave, he's brought into the dance.

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* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', Smith happens on a vale where many maidens are dancing. Though rebuked for venturing there without leave, he's brought into the dance.
29th Aug '16 2:34:01 PM margdean56
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* TheFairFolk's dances are very, very, very dangerous. Mortals who see them are often caught up in the dancing and are unable to stop. The lucky ones don't crumble into dust when it finally ends. One folk explanation of tuberculous was that its victims were forced to dance every night at the fairy hills, and wasted away for the lack of sleep.

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* TheFairFolk's dances are very, very, very dangerous. Mortals who see them are often caught up in the dancing and are unable to stop. The lucky ones don't crumble into dust when it finally ends. One folk explanation of tuberculous tuberculosis was that its victims were forced to dance every night at the fairy hills, and wasted away for the lack of sleep.
29th Aug '16 2:31:36 PM margdean56
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Straight-laced members of society may disapprove of the frivolity, particularly if serious things are going on. And when these serious things are war, famine, pestilence and the like, they don't have to be very straight-laced.

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Straight-laced Straitlaced members of society may disapprove of the frivolity, particularly if serious things are going on. And when these serious things are war, famine, pestilence and the like, they don't have to be very straight-laced.
straitlaced.
24th Aug '16 1:48:14 PM DaibhidC
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SuperTrope of HighSchoolDance, DanceOfRomance and MasqueradeBall. In an action series, expect a BallroomBlitz. Compare DanceLine (if people who were just watching are drawn in), AtTheOperaTonight.

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SuperTrope of HighSchoolDance, DanceOfRomance DanceOfRomance, MasqueradeBall and MasqueradeBall.LetsHaveACeilidh. In an action series, expect a BallroomBlitz. Compare DanceLine (if people who were just watching are drawn in), AtTheOperaTonight.
12th Aug '16 6:17:13 AM LadyJafaria
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Added DiffLines:

** A ball also happens near the end of ''Discworld/NightWatch'', and sets the scene for Lord Winder's assassination.
11th Aug '16 11:42:18 PM PaulA
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* Ballroom style dancing makes up a significant portion of the High Vor social scene in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.
** The political scene too. Vor know how to scheme in style.

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* Ballroom In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', ballroom style dancing makes up a significant portion of the High Vor social scene in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.
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scene. The political scene too. Vor know how to scheme in style.
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