15th Century France: Balli (03:13)
A dancer explains a 15th century French male costume. Well educated gentlemen and ladies were skillful dancers. Professional dance masters composed dances for nobility; dance figures were considered art forms.
16th Century Italy: A Dance Suite (04:53)
Hear historical context for Italian court dances. View the Galliard, an improvisation for skilled dancers; the canari, a foot dialogue; la volta, Queen Elizabeth's favorite dance; sword play through dance; and the tassel kick, a competition of strength and agility.
18th Century France: A Dance Suite (06:36)
Hear historical context for French court dances. Two couples perform the minuet; Folies d'Espagne, variations for skilled dancers; and the allemande, a flirtatious duet.
Early 19th Century England: Country Dances (04:46)
Hear historical context for English court dances. Line dances for couples show elaborate patterns. Complex footwork required rigorous dance training.
Mid-19th Century America: Quadrille (07:36)
Hear Civil War context. A woman helps a friend into a corset and hoop skirt. Couples demonstrate square dances with patterns offering social interplay and creating geometrical kaleidoscopes.
Mid-19th Century America: Durang's Hornpipe (03:47)
Two men hold a dancing "duel" with steps inspired by sailor activities. John Durang was the "first great American dancer."
Late 19th Century England: Polka, Mazurka and Waltz (09:45)
Hear historical context for turn of the century European social dances. View demonstrations of the polka, an energetic frolic; the mazurka, a display of expertise; the can can; the grand march, during which dancers search for partners; and the waltz, representing romantic dance.
Credits: Dancetime! 500 Years of Social Dance 1 (02:55)
Credits: Dancetime! 500 Years of Social Dance 1
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