Skirt dancing was made famous by Kate Vaughan the 1880s. The dance was based on the graceful manipulation of the skirts, which could contain up to 12 metres of fabric. Skirt dancing was thought to be refined, tasteful and tantalizing. It was said that the motion of skirts rippled like the froth on the sea (such were the voluminous underskirts that Victorian ladies wore). Because it was less specialised and more lady-like than many dance forms, society ladies were able to learn the skirt dance as drawing room entertainment.