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In step with the Civil War: Couples guided through complexities of ball dances, culture

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    Dawn Doss uses a fan to cool herself as the groups takes a break after learning two dances at the Museum of the Confederacy before learning a third dance Saturday. Sam O'Keefe/The News & Advance

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014 3:00 am

Joyce Leslie picked up the skirt of her emerald green 1800s style gown and twirled back to her partner, progressing through the steps of the Gay Gordon, a dance commonly done at Civil War era balls.

“Now this is the part where us ladies can show off,” she said to about 16 guests at the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox Saturday morning.

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