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Collection An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490 to 1920

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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:

Most of the sources are in English; for non-English references, please review the bibliographies attached to the recommended articles found in the International Encyclopedia of Dance.

Burgundian Dance in the Late Middle Ages

  • Brainard, Ingrid. The Art of Courtly Dancing in the Early Renaissance. West Newton, Mass., 1981.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Dance §III: Middle Ages and early Renaissance." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London, 1980.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Bassedanse," "Medieval Dance," "Renaissance Dance Technique," and "Révérence: Origins of Modes and Manners." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Smith, William, trans. and ed. Fifteenth-Century Dance and Music: The Complete Transcribed Italian Treatises and Collections in the Tradition of Domenico da Piacenza. 2 vols. Stuyvesant, N.Y., 1995.
  • Wilson, David R. The Steps Used in Court Dance in Fifteenth-Century Italy. Cambridge, 1992.
  • For information on important early Renaissance dancing masters, see:
  • Arena, Antonius de. Ad suos compagnones studiantes. Lyon, 1528. Translated by John Guthrie and Marino Zorzi in "Rules of Dancing by Antonius Arena." Dance Research 4 (Autumn 1986):3-53
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Arena, Antonius de," "Cornazano, Antonio," "Dancing Master," "Domenico da Piacenza," and "Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Sparti, Barbara, Ed. Guglielmo Ebreo of Pesaro: On the Practice or Art of Dancing. Oxford, 1993. Original Italian text with English translation of a mid-fifteenth-century manual, De Pratica Seu Arte Tripudii.
  • Sutton, Julia. "Saltarello." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • For information on music for dance in the early Renaissance, see:
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Music for Dance: Western Music before 1520." In The International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Crane, Frederick. Materials for the Study of the Fifteenth-Century Basse Danse. Brooklyn, 1968.
  • Lockwood, Lewis. "Renaissance." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London, 1980.

Renaissance Dance

  • Arbeau, Thoinot. Orchesography (1589). Translated into English by Mary Stewart Evans, New York, 1948. Reprint with corrections, a new introduction, and notes by Julia Sutton, and representative steps and dances in Labanotation by Mireille Backer. New York, 1987.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Renaissance Dance Technique," "Révérence: Origins of Modes and Manners," and "Sarabande." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Caroso, Fabritio. Nobiltà di dame. Venice, 1600, 1605. Translated into English with eight introductory chapters by Julia Sutton, Oxford, 1986. Reprint with a step manual in Labanotation by Rachelle Palnick Tsachor and Julia Sutton, New York, 1995.
  • Marsh, Carol. "Gavotte." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Negri, Cesare. Le gratie d'amore (1602). Translated by Yvonne Kendall. Ph.D. diss., Stanford University, 1985.
  • Sutton, Julia. "Dance §IV: Late Renaissance and Baroque to 1700." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, London, 1980.
  • Sutton, Julia. "Allemande," "Alta," "Ballo and Balletto," "Branle," "Canary," "Cascarda," "Galliard," "Passo e Mezzo," "Pavan," "Pavaniglia," "Spangnoletta," "Tordion," and "Volta." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • For information on late Renaissance dancing masters, see
  • Grillo, Elena. "Diobono, Pompeo." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Sutton, Julia. "Arbeau, Thoinot," "Caroso, Fabritio," and "Negri, Cesare." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • For information on late Renaissance music for dance, see
  • Lockwood, Lewis. "Renaissance." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London, 1980.
  • Jones, Pamela. "The Relation between Music and Dance in Cesare Negri's ëLe gratie d'amore' (1602)," 2 vols. Ph.D. diss., University of London, 1988.
  • Sutton, Julia. "Music for Dance: Western Music, 1520-1650." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.

Transition from Renaissance Dance to Baroque Dance

  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Longways." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Lauze, F[rançoise] de. Apologie de la danse, 1623: A Treatise of Instruction in Dancing and Deportment. Translated by Joan Wildeblood, London, 1952.
  • Pugliese, Patri J. "Country Dance." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York,
  • 1998.
  • Shimer, Genevieve. "Playford, John." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Baroque Dance

  • Bindig, Susan F. "Gigue." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Annual Collections," "Sarabande," "Social Dance: Court and Social Dance before 1800," and "Technical Manuals: Publications, 1445-1725." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Hilton, Wendy. Dance of Court and Theatre: The French Noble Style, 1690-1725, Princeton, 1981.
  • Hilton, Wendy. Dance and Music of Court and Theater: Selected Writings of Wendy Hilton. Stuyvesant, N.Y., 1997.
  • Hilton, Wendy. "Ballet Technique, History of: French Court Dance," "Courante," "Loure," "Minuet," and "Révérence: Early Eighteenth-Century Modes." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Harris-Warrick, Rebecca, and Carol G. Marsh. Musical Theatre at the Court of Louis XIV: Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos. Cambridge, 1994.
  • Little, Meredith Ellis. "Bourrée" and "Rigaudon." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Marsh, Carol G. "Gavotte." In International Encyclopedia of Dance, New York, 1998.
  • Tomlinson, Kellom. A Work Book by Kellom Tomlinson: Commonplace Book of an Eighteenth-Century Dancing Master. Edited by Jennifer Shennan, Stuyvesant, N.Y., 1992.
  • For information on important Baroque dancing masters:
  • Astier, Régine. "Beauchamps, Pierre," "Feuillet Notation," "Guillaume-Louis Pecourt," and "Pierre Rameau." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Dancing Masters." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Ralph, Richard. The Life and Works of John Weaver. London, 1985.
  • Ralph, Richard. "Weaver, John." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Ralph, Richard and Jennifer Thorp. "Tomlinson, Kellom." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Ralph, Richard and Moira Goff. "Essex, John." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.

Nineteenth-Century Social Dance

  • Aldrich, Elizabeth. From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance. Evanston, Ill., 1991.
  • Aldrich, Elizabeth. "Révérence: Nineteenth-Century Modes." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Brainard, Ingrid. "Figure Dances." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. "Cakewalk." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Morrison, James. "Reel." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Pugliese, Patri J. "Country Dance." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Schneider, Gretchen. "Ball" and "Social Dance: Nineteenth-Century Social Dance." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Strobel, Desmond F. "Cotillon," "Polka" and "Quadrille." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 19998.
  • For information on music:
  • Carner, Mosco, and Max Schönherr. "Strauss." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London, 1980.
  • Goodwin, Noël. "Dance §6, part 2: Nineteenth Century, Social Dance." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. London, 1980.
  • Lamb, Andrew. "Strauss Family." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.

Ragtime Dance

  • Emery, Lynne Fauley. Black Dance in the United States from 1619 to 1970. Palo Alto, Calif., 1972. Rev. ed. Princeton, 1988.
  • Fanger, Iris. "Castle, Irene and Vernon." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. "Cakewalk." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Hazzard-Gordon, Katrina. Jookin': The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture. Philadelphia, 1990.
  • McDonagh, Don. "Social Dance: Twentieth-Century Social Dance before 1960." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Stearns, Marshall, and Jean Stearns. Jazz Dance (1968). New York, 1994.

For information on Ragtime music:

  • Bolcolm, William. "Ragtime." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, New York, 1981.
  • Lamb, Andrew. "Dance: §VII, Social Dance." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, London, 1980.
  • Morath, Max, ed. Guide to Ragtime: a Collection of Ragtime Songs and Piano Solos. New York, 1964
  • Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans. New York, 1971.

Antidance Treatises

  • Adams, Doug, and Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, eds. Dance as Religious Studies. New York, 1990.
  • Brooks, Lynn Matluck. "Christianity and Dance: Medieval Views." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1988.
  • Davies, J.G. Liturgical Dance: An Historical, Theological, and Practical Handbook. London, 1984.
  • Davies, J.G. "Christianity and Dance: Early Christian Views." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Gruber, Mayer I. "Bible, Dance in the." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1998.
  • Jonas, Gerald. "The Power of Dance." In Dancing. New York, 1992.
  • Wagner, Ann. Adversaries of Dance: From the Puritans to the Present. Champaign, Ill., 1997.
  • Wagner, Ann. "Christianity and Dance: Modern Views." In International Encyclopedia of Dance. New York, 1988.
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