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Book/Printed Material Essai sur la danse, antique et moderne

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  • Essai sur la danse, antique et moderne


  • All of Mme. Voiart's manual is devoted to the history of dance. Quoting heavily from many previously published materials, including a number of travelogues, this book discusses the origins of dance and devotes a chapter each to Greek and Roman dance. The second part of the book discusses transition to what the author terms "modern dance," in this case the court dances of France. In examining the dances of the French Baroque court, Mme. Voiart (1786-1866) refers to a great variety of dances including the courante, minuet, and gavotte as well as dances from at least one hundred years earlier such as the pavane and branle. Demonstrating an interest in non-European dance, the book also discusses dance as practiced in other parts of the world including Norway, Canada, the Sioux of Missouri, and Africa. Although the scholarship, by contemporary standards, is seriously flawed, the book is part of the large body of literature that has influenced the writing of dance history for more than one hundred years.


  • Voïart, Elise, 1786-1866

Created / Published

  • Paris, Audot, 1823.


  • -  Dance--History
  • -  Dance History and Theory
  • -  Theatrical Dance


  • -  On cover: "Encyclopédie des dames."
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site in as facsimile page images and full text.


  • 251, 24 p. front. 18 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1590 .V7

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 10017964

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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Voïart, Elise. Essai Sur La Danse, Antique Et Moderne. Paris, Audot, 1823. Image.

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Voïart, E. (1823) Essai Sur La Danse, Antique Et Moderne. Paris, Audot. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Voïart, Elise. Essai Sur La Danse, Antique Et Moderne. Paris, Audot, 1823. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.