This is the website for the online exhibition ‘an invitation to dance: a history of social dance in America. The exhibition is hosted by the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAVIC) which forms part of the American Antiquarian Society and was curated by Meghan Meade. The exhibition contains illustrations and objects that provide a glimpse into the history of social dance in America. Topics covered include: an introduction, origins of dance, unspoken language, types of dance, fashion, opposition and etiquette. All topics are supported by illustrations and images of dance programmes, prints, sheet music, dance invitations and so forth.