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  • How to dance the revived ancient dances


  • Holt begins his discussion with a history of "chorography" and the work of famed eighteenth-century dancing masters and choreographers Guillaume-Louis Pecour, Pierre Beauchamps, and Raoul-Auger Feuillet. Several pages of dances written in the dance notation system devised by Feuillet are included. Holt's "reconstruction" of the pavan includes the appropriate music from Thoinot Arbeau's 1588 manual, Orchesographie. For decades, the inclusion of the notation and music was deceiving to many unsuspecting people who used Holt's manual to reconstruct dances for the Renaissance and Baroque. Holt's interpretations bear no resemblance to the originals; however, they do clearly illuminate the romanticized aura that began to surround such dances as the minuet during the nineteenth century. Line drawings and photographs enhance Holt's manual.


  • Holt, Ardern

Created / Published

  • London, H. Cox, 1907.


  • -  Dance
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Music for Dance


  • -  Contains music.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.


  • viii, 158 p. incl. front., illus., ports., facsims. 19 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1753 .H7

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 09009032

Online Format

  • image

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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:

Holt, Ardern. How to Dance the Revived Ancient Dances. London, H. Cox, 1907. Image.

APA citation style:

Holt, A. (1907) How to Dance the Revived Ancient Dances. London, H. Cox. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Holt, Ardern. How to Dance the Revived Ancient Dances. London, H. Cox, 1907. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.