Jockey Dance

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"Jockey Dance" is the name given to a performance in Cape Town by a Mr Gough, as an accompanying act for a performance of Sefton Parry's presentation of The Flying Dutchman (Fitzball) on 9 April, 1858.

This is probably a comic dance devised for the specific occasion, and not to be confused with the eponymous pas de deux from the two-act ballet From Siberia to Moscow by August Bournonville (1805-1879)[1], which was first performed by the in Copenhagen Royal Danish Ballet on 7 December, 1876. Bournonville's pas de deux, generally known as the "Jockey Dance", appears to have been a popular dance, often used as an independent act over the years.


Marion Kant (ed.). 2007. The Cambridge Companion to Ballet. Cambridge University Press: p.136[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 69-72.

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