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Book/Printed Material La danse. Comment on dansait, comment on danse

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  • La danse. Comment on dansait, comment on danse


  • This manual is an extensive history of dance that incorporates many countries, cultures, and periods including Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, ancient Gaul, European Renaissance, and Baroque. The manual also covers popular culture, peasant dance, and "foreign dance." The perspective of this manual is clearly nineteenth century, with little emphasis on historical fact. The point of view is clearly western, and this is evident in the music examples that accompany almost every country or culture's entry--all have been subjected to western notation and are arranged in late nineteenth-century grand musical style. Additionally, the text includes numerous illustrations and, no matter the country or culture, the figures are physically shaped to look like late nineteenth-century western ladies and gentlemen.


  • Charbonnel, Raoul
  • Bernay, Berthe
  • Casadesus, Francis, 1870-1954
  • Maugué, Jules

Created / Published

  • Paris, Garnier frères [1899]


  • -  Dance--History
  • -  Dance History and Theory
  • -  Music for Dance
  • -  Theatrical Dance


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


  • ix, 418 p. front., illus., plates (part col.) 28 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1601 .C6

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 10030390

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:

Charbonnel, Raoul, Berthe Bernay, Francis Casadesus, and Jules Maugué. La danse. Comment on dansait, comment on danse. [Paris, Garnier frères, 1899] Image.

APA citation style:

Charbonnel, R., Bernay, B., Casadesus, F. & Maugué, J. (1899) La danse. Comment on dansait, comment on danse. [Paris, Garnier frères] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Charbonnel, Raoul, et al. La danse. Comment on dansait, comment on danse. [Paris, Garnier frères, 1899] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.