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Book/Printed Material Letters on dancing, reducing this elegant and healthful exercise to easy scientific principles

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Title

  • Letters on dancing, reducing this elegant and healthful exercise to easy scientific principles

Summary

  • This manual is considered one of the most important discussions regarding the style and steps of early Romantic ballet. A dancer and dancing master, Théleur (née Taylor; fl. c. 1817-c. 1844), wrote his manual in the form of a series of thirteen letters that includes a brief history of dance as well as a section devoted to social dance. The book is enhanced by full-page prints, including illustrations of dancers on full pointe. Théleurʾs dance notation system, the first in the nineteenth century, also helps illuminate theatrical dance practices of the time.

Names

  • Théleur, E. A.

Created / Published

  • London, Printed for the Author by Sherwood & Co., 1832.

Headings

  • -  Ballet--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Music for Dance
  • -  Notation for Dance

Notes

  • -  4 leaves of music not included in paging.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.

Medium

  • 4 p.l., viii, 104 p. plates, plans. 27 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1787 .T37

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 05029181

Online Format

  • image

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The accompanying videos were produced by the Library of Congress. Note Video Performers for additional credits for video performers.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Music Division.

Video Performers

Performers for the October 1997 Great Hall event: Dancers

Members of The Jonquil Street Foundation, Inc. Ariane Anthony, Thomas Baird, Barbara Barr, Patricia Beaman, Christopher Caines, Charles Garth, James Martin, Maris Wolff. Musicians - members of The Library of Congress Centennial Cotillion Brass Band, Emerson Head and Robert Sheldon, Leaders (Members, Metro Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, AFM.)

Performers for the Coolidge Auditorium clips: Dancers

Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird. Musicians - Boris Gurevitch (piano), Susan Manus (violin).

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Chicago citation style:

Théleur, E. A. Letters on Dancing, Reducing This Elegant and Healthful Exercise to Easy Scientific Principles. London, Printed for the Author by Sherwood & Co, 1832. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/05029181/.

APA citation style:

Théleur, E. A. (1832) Letters on Dancing, Reducing This Elegant and Healthful Exercise to Easy Scientific Principles. London, Printed for the Author by Sherwood & Co. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/05029181/.

MLA citation style:

Théleur, E. A. Letters on Dancing, Reducing This Elegant and Healthful Exercise to Easy Scientific Principles. London, Printed for the Author by Sherwood & Co, 1832. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/05029181/>.