Louis Capron


All through the early social history of Florida runs mention of “the Spanish Dance.” Authorities agree that, until after the war between the States, it and the waltz were far and away the favorite dances. But today, a hundred years later, is has disappeared as completely as though it never existed. It is never danced. Nothing answering its description is to be found in books on the dance, encyclopedias or histories of the dance. Two years of search and inquiry brought out not a single person who had even heard of it. “The Spanish Dance is peculiar to Florida,” Ellen Call Long wrote in Florida Breezes. 1 Here, then, was an authentic facet of Florida’s history that had passed into oblivion.