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The Versailles Glide
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Author:  Leslie [ Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:49 pm ]
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Has anyone seen it or know how to do it?

Author:  jimcheval [ Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:58 pm ]
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For those who - lke me - had no idea what this was:

*A distinctive gliding walk was used by ladies at Versailles in which they never lifted the foot so as not to step on the train of the woman in front of them. Marie-Antoinette mastered this, and all her ladies were required to learn to walk without raising their feet from the ground. It was know as the Versailles glide.

Author:  jadean [ Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:31 pm ]
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I have heard of this, it is even in the biography about her, The LAst Queen of France, but I still can't figure out how it was done, not even by the description.

Author:  jimcheval [ Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:09 pm ]
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That's funny.

I am myself terminally clumsy, but I have managed in the past to do something very much like this.

If you slide one foot forward, leaving the other in place, bring it to rest, then slide the other one in front of it, you move forward without your feet leaving the ground. When someone like me does this, and only occasionally, it may look a bit forced. But with practice, I'm sure it becomes a very smooth progress.

And isn't Michael Jackson's moonwalk something like this, only done backwards? Either way, I suspect hip-hoppers and rap dancers might provide the best contemporary examples of people moving about smoothly without lifting their feet from the ground. (Which gives me a great idea for some MA-related choreography. But I digress.)

Author:  Délicate fleur [ Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:41 am ]
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I just happened upon this blog post by historian Leslie Carroll about learning how to do the Versailles glide:

Author:  Anouk [ Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:29 am ]
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Thank you Jim and Fleur, both link are so exciting. Though some elements of etiquette, such as knocking on the door of the king seem a bit ridiculous and unintelligible from nowadays, these things are so interesting to read about.

Author:  Rosalie [ Sat Sep 05, 2009 3:29 pm ]
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Thank you! I've always been curious about how the glide was obtained :) I confess for me, who am also very clumsy with walking, it's always been a kind of mirage...

And yes, I had heard and read about it, I knew they said Marie-Antoinette was particularly graceful while walking: she seemed not to touch the floor, which, together with her digified bearing really made her way to walk somehow "divine" (that's the meaning of the quote I chose at the end of my posts, the Vergilian line "vera incessu patuit dea", "She appeared a true goddess from her way of walking", which was also used as a praise for MA).

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