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    Modern dancing Book. print | 175 p., [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. | by Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle ; with many illustrations from photographs and moving pictures of the newest dances for which the authors posed ; introduction by Elisabeth Marbury. (Statement Of Responsibility). Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional...
    • Contributor: World Syndicate Co. - Castle, Vernon
    • Date: 1914

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    Trattato teorico-prattico di ballo,
    Trattato di ballo teorico-prattico Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available
    This manual represents one of the most important sources on dance technique for the second half of the eighteenth century and is a critical link between Baroque dance and early romantic ballet. Part one is divided into sixty sections describing various aspects of dance beginning with a statement on the utility of dance, and feet positions. The manual continues with descriptions of many steps,...
    • Contributor: Magri, Gennaro
    • Date: 1779
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    The danciad; or, Dancer's monitor. Being a descriptive sketch in verse, on the different styles and methods of dancing quadrilles, waltzes, country dances, &c. &c. ... Together with observations on the laws ...
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    Written in verse as a dramatic play in two parts, Thomas Wilson, dancing master to the King's Theatre, comments on the state of teaching, public balls, and the character of many dance instructors. Nearly every page contains additional remarks in the form of footnotes, ranging from an abstract of the 1752 Act of Parliament on illegal dancing to a long discourse on English country...
    • Contributor: Wilson, Thomas
    • Date: 1824
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    An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920 A collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals,...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Music Division - Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program
    • Date: 1998

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    Recüeil de dances contenant un tres grand nombres, des meillieures entrées de ballet de Mr. Pecour, tant pour homme que pour femmes, dont la plus grande partie ont été dancées à l'Opera. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available This treatise includes six solo dances for women; eight for men; and seventeen duets for a man and a woman, two women, or two men, all choreographed by French dancer and choreographer, Guillaume-Louis Pecour (c. 1653-1729). Feuillet notes that several of the dances were performed by some of the most famous theatrical dancers of the time including Marie-Thérèse Subligny, Claude Ballon, and Michel Blondy....
    • Contributor: Feuillet, Raoul-Auger - Pécourt, Guillaume Louis
    • Date: 1704
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    Related Resources The following bibliography is a starting place for further reading on many of the topics discussed in the text. Readers may go directly to any of the following headings:
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    Rights and Access The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright or any other restrictions in the materials in this collection.
  • Article
    How to Read a Dance Manual The Importance of Dance Manuals Il ballarino. Published 1581. Page Image Viewer | Bibliographic Information This Special Presentation is divided into three sections. The first section describes the importance of instructional books about dance, especially in eras before the advent of photography, film, or video. The second section provides information on just what we learn from studying these books; the third and fourth sections...
    • Date: 1490
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    Video Directory The following list describes the 75 video clips that illustrate portions of the Dance Instruction Manuals. These clips were selected from two different videotaping sessions. The first was a public event, "Society Dances and Parlor Amusements in The Great Hall," which took place at the Library of Congress on October 15, 1997. The event, which marked the 100th anniversary of the Library's Jefferson Building,...
    • Date: 1490
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    Western Social Dance: An Overview of the Collection How to dance. A complete ball-room and party guide. Published 1878. Page Image Viewer | Bibliographic Information For centuries, in Europe and wherever Europeans have settled, the ballroom was the perfect setting for men and women to demonstrate their dancing abilities, to show their awareness of the latest fashions, and to display their mastery of polite behavior--qualities required for acceptance in society. The importance...
    • Date: 1490
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    Antidance Literature Ritual and ceremonial dancing had played a significant role in ancient Rome. Dance had also been important in early Judaism in the ancient Near East, and there is mention in both editions of the Talmud and in the responsa. However, dance was not part of early Christian religious practices because, as author J. G. Davies (1998) has noted,
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    Baroque Dance Chorégraphie. Raoul-Auger Feuillet. Published 1713. Page Image Viewer | Bibliographic Information Among the important facets in the development of French Baroque dance was the invention of a dance notation system, which was originally conceived as a method whereby courtiers could learn the fashionable dances. With the adoption of this system for recording various dances, the French court dance and manners spread far beyond the...
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    Burgundian Dance in the Late Middle Ages Les Basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche. Published c.1490. Page Image Viewer | Bibliographic Information Our primary knowledge of Burgundian dance in the late Middle Ages is based on a manuscript housed in the Brussels Bibliothèque Royale, Les Basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche, published c.1490. The manuscript, printed on black paper and with gold and silver calligraphy, contains music and a shorthand form of tablature...
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    Conceptual Categories The manuals in this online collection are divided into the following broad conceptual categories. The Subject Index provides a more extensive list of terms which provide access to the collection by subject.
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    Late Eighteenth Century Social Dance In the late eighteenth century there was a departure from the complicated and often technically difficult danses à deux and a movement toward larger group dances, specifically figure dances called contredanses (also spelled contredances). Usually, but not always, these dances were designed for four couples facing in a square. Feuillet notation, which so beautifully aided dancers in learning the early Baroque dance repertory, was...
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    Nineteenth Century Social Dance The dance of society: a critical analysis... William B. De Garmo. Published 1875. Page Image Viewer | Bibliographic Information Group dances continued to dominate ballrooms during the early nineteenth century, especially the quadrille that evolved from the eighteenth-century contredanse française (also known as the cotillon). The ten or twelve changes that alternated with the figure, as was required in the contredanse française, were replaced...
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    Ragtime Dance At the end of the nineteenth century, the growing influence of a new kind of popular music substantially changed the nature of dance. Ragtime had become a popular American style of music, chiefly composed for the piano, that flourished between 1890 and World War I. The sparkling and intoxicating rhythms of ragtime, with music by composers such as Scott Joplin, ushered in an era...
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    Renaissance Dance The cultural period known as the high Renaissance, c.1550-1650, produced the manuals of several important dancing masters: Thoinot Arbeau (Jehan Tabourot; born 17 March 1520 in Dijon, France, died 21 July 1595 in Langres), Fabritio Caroso (born c.1526 or1535 in Sermoneta, Italy, died after 1605), and Cesare Negri (born c.1535 in Milan, Italy, died c.1604). All three dancing masters contributed detailed treatises on social...
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    Transition from Renaissance Dance to Baroque Although Fabritio Caroso's Italian Renaissance dance treatise Nobiltà di dame (1600; 1605) was translated into Spanish and reissued as late as1630, a new dance style had emerged by the early 1600s. F[rancois] de Lauze's Apologie de la danse, published in France in 1623, noted changes that included turnout from the hip, a description of five feet positions, and exercises to enhance bending (plié) and...
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    Writing of Dance History Fascination with the roots of dance has long interested writers, and this online collection begins with M. Burette's 1746 short essay published in Venice. Originally printed in 1736, Prima, e seconda memoria per servire all istoria del ballo degli was primarily concerned with ancient Greek and Roman dance. One of the earliest and more exhaustive attempts at writing a dance history was Louis de...
  • Book/Printed Material
    Dancing and prompting, etiquette and deportment of society and ball room Book. print | 48 p. 17 cm. | [By] Professor Bonstein [pseud.] (Statement Of Responsibility). Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). First three-couples forward and back; all turn partners half round; six forward and back again; all swing partners to places; first two couples...
    • Contributor: White, Smith & Co. - Bonstein (Professor) - Bonstein
    • Date: 1884

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    The German How to give it. How to lead it. How to dance it Book. print | 132 p. 20 cm. | By two amateur leaders. (Statement Of Responsibility). Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). 3477ndash;5
    • Contributor: Jansen, McClurg and Co.
    • Date: 1879

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    The dancing master; or, Directions for dancing country dances with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin
    Directions for dancing country dances
    Book. print | 2 v. in 1. 11 x 20 cm. | Vol. 2, 2d ed., has imprint: Printed for H. Playford, 1698. First ed. published 1651 [i.e. 1650] under title: The English dancing-master. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form).
    • Contributor: Printed by J. Heptinstall, for H. Playford - Playford, John - Playford, Henry
    • Date: 1698

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    Manuel du cotillon
    Cotillon, manuel de la danse
    Book. print | 122 p. illus., col. plates. 18 cm. | Folded broadside mounted on back cover: Polka, mazurke, schotisch et valse. Théories réunies et publiées par Eugéne Clément ... Paris, L'auteur [n.d.] illus. 44 1/2 x 40 cm. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote...
    • Contributor: Ouachée
    • Date: 1890

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