“Dancing isn’t very manly”, unfortunately it’s not an uncommon statement these days. However as it tuns out. George Washington, America’s first, and debatable most bad ass president would disagree.
Yep, as it turns out George Washington loved to dance, and is on record as being self-taught, and pretty damn good. Don’t believe me, well, here a few quotes from people who witnessed it first hand.
“The General danced every set, that all the ladies might have the pleasure of dancing with him, or as it has since been handsomely expressed, get a touch of him.” – James Tilton to Gunning Bedford Jr., Annapolis, Maryland, December 25, 1783.
“He (George Washington) attended the ball of the 22nd of February; opened it by dancing a minuet with some lady, and then danced cotillions and country dances; was very gallant, and always attached himself, by his attentions, to some one or more of the most beautiful and attractive ladies at the balls.” – Judge Francis T. Brooke (1784).
“We were not long seated when General Washington entered, and bowed to the ladies as he passed round the room. ‘He comes, he comes, the hero comes!’ I involuntarily but softly exclaimed. When he bowed to me, I could scarcely resist the impulse of my heart that almost burst through my bosom, to meet him.” – Miss Charlotte Chambers to her mother, Mrs. James Chambers Wednesday February 25, 1795.
Turns out our founding father wasn’t just a killer on the battle field.