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The Grecian Bend was a dance move introduced to polite society in America just before the American Civil War. The "Bend" was considered very daring at the time.America's Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present (Music in American Life) by Gilbert Chase - Nov 1992

The stoop or the silhouette created by the fashion in women's dress for corsets, crinolettes and bustles by 1869 was also called The Grecian Bend. Victoria & Albert Museum website - Accessed 26 August 2009Place Names of San Mateo County, pg. 37, Dr. Alan K. Brown. © Published San Mateo County Historical AssociationDaily Telegraph 1 September 1869 Contemporary illustrations often show a woman with a large bustle and a very small parasol, bending forward.

The term was also given to those who suffered from decompression sickness, or "the bends", due to working in caissons during the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

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There were many songs published with "Grecian Bend" in their titles. The term 'Grecian bend'...
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