You Are Invited – June German Dance Memories – Part 1

dance-4 (1)The month of June is upon us. I invite you to remember a special time that was the highlight of the Rocky Mount’s social calendar. Consider this your personal invitation, which you must have, to dance the night away at the annual June German dance. You will need a beautiful dress, your tux cleaned and pressed, and the arm of  your best girl or handsome boy.  Image with me that preparations are underway once again by members of the Carolina Cotillion Club. Workers are transforming a tobacco warehouse with colored steamers and balloons hanging from the ceiling. Elegant banquet tables help turn the warehouse into a ballroom. This may be one of the years that professional decorating companies are brought in. In a  Saturday Evening Post article: the tobacco warehouse has been “transformed for the night into a sufficiently satisfactory Southern version of wonderland.”

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How did this amazing production get started? September 29, 1870 the citizens of Rocky Mount, NC gave a dance for their friends in the surrounding counties. It was called the “Grand Celebration Ball.” It was a great success and the organizers decided to make such dances an annual event. The dance was eventually moved to the month of June in 1880 and in 1903 the Carolina Cotillion Club renamed it June German. (In antebellum times dances were called balls. After the Civil War they were called Germans. Dances were called German cotillions when reintroduced in New York society in 1854)  The June Germans were traditionally held on Friday nights. The young girls and their dates started a round of parties that will climaxed with the June German dance.

More June German Memories – Part 2 – Tomorrow – Join me

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to You Are Invited – June German Dance Memories – Part 1

  1. pwarner4 says:

    Love the email about the June German. When we were eighteen years old, my friends and I were Marshalls. We greeted guests and showed them to their tables.

    POLLY WARNER 252-451-0431 pwarner4@suddenlink.net

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  2. Betty Cannady says:

    loved this event went with the love of my life now my husband of 65 yrs !loved the big bands the dress up the romance of it all and in the wee hours we left for the Carolina beach !great memories ! 😍😍😍😍❤️🎶🎉

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    • Love your memory. I read that the party continued on at the beach. I would love to talk further with you about these memories.If you are local, would you have time? The love of your life for 65 years is part of a wonderful story. Thanks for leaving your comment and reading the blog.

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