21世紀の現代では、ダンスパーティに使用される部屋(ボールルーム)は長方形が多いようですが、正方形だからといって不都合があるわけではありません。
 
しかし100年くらいまでは、正方形は好まれなかったようです。ある本によれば、すこしだけ縦長の部屋が好まれたようですが、それには理由があって、そのほうが、当時よく踊られていた4カップル一組のカドリールを一組ないし二組同時に踊れること、またラウンドダンス(たとえばワルツ)の輪を一つないし二つ作って踊れたことだそうです。
 
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THE BALL ROOM
Ball-rooms, with their decorations, ante-rooms, etc., etc,. like tastes, vary so much, that it is impossible to describe the particular form that prevails. But that which gives the greatest satisfaction has a form nearly square, one side being only a little longer than the other. The advantage of the nearly square form lies in this: that it may be used either for one or two quadrille parties, and one or two circles for the round dances, as circumstances may require ; whereas, were it perfectly square, it could not well be divided for two parties ; and were it very long, it could only be used at one end by a single party.
 
The top of the ball-room is that end of the room where would be the head of the table, were the room converted into a dining-room. it is generally farthest from the door ; but in cases where the orchestra is at one end, the orchestra end is the top, and will be found in general farthest from the principal entrance. It is always of importance to know and remember the top of the ball-room, as ladies and couples at the top always take the lead in the dance.
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