The Sherlockinette

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Sherlockinette is an article published in The Tampa Times on 29 may 1912.

The Sherlockinette

The Tampa Times (29 may 1912, p. 8)

Paris Dance Which Has Been Approved by 163 Teachers.

London. England, May 29. — The Sherlockinette has just been imported to London from Paris. In Paris this dance triumphs over the Boston, the one-step and the grizzly bear and bunny hugs, and 163 dancing masters have approved it.

This is the manner of the Sherlockinette: There are four figures representing the four evolutions of Sherlock Holmes in the four social classes. In the first figure the gentleman examines furtively his partner with an eye to stealing her jewelry. This inventory obliges him to make four steps of a two-step, and then commences the Sherlockinette proper.

The two partners stand facing each other, but the feet of the gentleman are at the right of the lady. Sherlock Holmes continues his inventory and turns round his victim. Then the two dancers separate so as to find themselves standing side by side, after which the man turns round his partner, passing under her right arm, and the lady twines about and around and falls into the arms of her partner in a final pirouette.

In the third figure Sherlock Holmes pursues his partner, jumping alternately on the toes of each foot. In the fourth figure the dance finishes by four steps of a two-step and eight steps of a galop.

Though this dance has found favor in Paris, it has not become in the least popular in London and is sure to be displaced by the Louis XV. Boston. which is being prepared for the winter season and which unites in one gavotte the minuet, the sarabande and the Boston.