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Book/Printed Material Traité pratique et théorique de la danse,

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  • Traité pratique et théorique de la danse,


  • As was common practice during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, much of this text was borrowed from other writers. The author begins with a general history of dance and proceeds with an explanation of terms found in dance, such as les grands battements and ronds de jambes. The manual contains directions for many Renaissance and Baroque dances including La Pavane, and, although the author quotes from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie of 1588, the directions for performance are strictly a nineteenth-century interpretation. Bourgeois's manual also covers nineteenth-century social dances, and he provides the history and directions for dances such as the waltz, polka, mazurka, and quadrille.


  • Bourgeois, Edmond

Created / Published

  • Paris, Garnier frères [1909?]


  • -  Ballroom dancing--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Theatrical Dance


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


  • 2 p.l., 466 p. illus. 20 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1593 .B65

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 42041576

Online Format

  • image

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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

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Chicago citation style:

Bourgeois, Edmond. Traité Pratique Et Théorique De La Danse. [Paris, Garnier frères ?, 1909] Image.

APA citation style:

Bourgeois, E. (1909) Traité Pratique Et Théorique De La Danse. [Paris, Garnier frères ?] [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Bourgeois, Edmond. Traité Pratique Et Théorique De La Danse. [Paris, Garnier frères ?, 1909] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.