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A. MAHLER. On June 22, 1876 the announcement of A. Mahler's new dance school was made in the Dubuque Herald. The announcement stated that for the past 26 years, Mahler had been an instructor of the Terpsichorean art in St. Louis. He was opening his studio in Dubuque at Bush's Hall on the corner of Bluff and 8th.
Twenty lessons cost $10.00 paid "invariably" in advance. Gentlemen would meet Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Ladies, misses, and masters would meet the same days beginning at 4:00 p.m. Ladies and children might receive instruction from Josephine Mahler, the studio owner's daughter. Weekly practicing "hops" would begin as soon as pupils were able to dance.
"Dancing School," Dubuque Herald, June 22, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760622&printsec=frontpage&hl=en