I wasn't planning to reconstruct the Harvard Caprice this month, but doing the Exeter Caprice inspired me to continue onward with the next schottische on the list named after a snooty New England school. And that took me back to the late nineteenth century, when caprices were actually appearing somewhat regularly on New England dance cards, and my old buddy Melvin Ballou Gilbert, whose book Round Dancing
I come back to over and over again. Gilbert was trying for collegiate before collegiate was a concept, with his trendy Harvard-themed dances.
Ironically, despite all this playing around with named caprices, I've never done a writeup of the Caprice Gilbert gives and the Caprice Waltz that appears in other sources. I really ought to get to those one of these days! It would also be useful to look at the "caprice step", which looks more like a racket to me and seems to be more associated with the fancy (recital) caprices than the couple-dance caprices.
It makes me happy to realize that after more than two decades of dance reconstruction there's still so much I have yet to delve into.