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SUNDAY

Matter is neither created nor destroyed, and social dance has merely changed form. In the early 19th century, it required more skill than the Macarena, let alone today’s free-form dance, and was essential for social evaluation, status, identity, and mobility. Caroline Calvert grew up in what is now Riverdale, and hobnobbed and danced with the likes of President Madison’s White House and the British ambassadorial corps. Chrystelle Trump Bond and Choreographie Antique will present a waltz, a cotillion honoring the new American Navy, a reel, an Irish lilt, and the Money Musk, as well as the intricate system of signals in the placement of a young lady’s fan, parasol, and gloves, all painstakingly reconstructed from period dance manuals. David and Ginger Hildebrand will accompany on harpsichord and violin; period refreshments will be served. Riversdale Mansion, home to Caroline’s branch of the Calvert family, is exhibiting mementos of her coming of age in 1818. Guided tours and dancing lessons will be provided. The audience is kindly requested to overlook the fact that this event is out of season. (Balls in the 1800s were held during the colder months, from November through April.) At 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. at Riversdale, 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale. $20. For reservations call (301) 864-0420. (Karen Mitchell)