Historical dance


The steps that took Caroline Calvert into Washington, D.C., society in 1818 will be re-created this weekend at Riversdale, the home her grandfather built near what is now College Park.

Choregraphie Antique, the historical dance ensemble from Goucher College, will perform dances from the Federal era as part of "A Washington Debut: Caroline Calvert's Introduction to Washington Society 1818-19," the exhibit on view at Riversdale. Period music will be provided by David and Ginger Hildebrand.

Rosalie Stier Calvert, Caroline's mother, called the fete for her daughter's debut "un beau dejeuner ou on dansera" (a nice brunch with dancing). This weekend's program is in the same spirit: There are two seatings, and after the dances, visitors may sample refreshments of the time, play period games and tour the house and exhibit.

The mansion, built in 1801 by a family of Flemish emigre landowners who were directly descended from the painter Peter Paul Rubens, now belongs to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Funds are being raised for its full historical rehabilitation.

Performances by Choregraphie Antique are at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the mansion, 6005 48th Ave., Riverdale. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children. Call: 301-864-0420.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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