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Adage

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

In the context of a classical ballet class, adage (It., adagio, “slowly,” “at a leisurely pace”) covers a wide range of movements that are performed slowly and used as exercises ...

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allegro

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — Music.

(It.).

Merry, i.e. quick, lively, bright. Often used as the title of a comp. or movement in that style. The superlative is allegrissimo.

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batterie

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A ballet term which refers to movements in which the legs are beaten together in the air.

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bourrée

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(Fr.; Old Eng. borry, borree, etc.).

A lively dance style very like the gavotte, in quadruple time beginning with an up‐beat. It is sometimes found in the classical suite in a...

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Carlo Blasis

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(b Naples, 4 Nov. 1795 (some sources 1797); d Cernobbio, 15 Jan. 1878)

Italian dancer, choreographer and codifier of classical technique who was arguably the most important ballet...

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chaconne

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(Fr.; Eng. chacony, It. ciaccona, Sp. chacona; from Basque chocuna pretty).

A musical form almost indistinguishable from passacaglia. Both were orig. dances of 3‐in‐a‐measure...

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courante

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(Fr.), corrente (It.), coranto, corant. Running. Fr. dance, at height of popularity in 17th cent., which spread to It. The mus. based on it falls into 2 classifications.(a) It. variety, in...

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Enrico Cecchetti

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

(b Rome, 21 Jun. 1850; d Milan, 13 Nov. 1928)

Italian dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. A renowned mime artist and one of the greatest teachers in the history of ballet,...

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Entrée Grave

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Is a French Baroque theater dance in quadruple meter (time); that is, a dance in which two pas composés or temps (step-units), instead of the usual one, are danced within ...

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Feuillet Notation

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

(also known as Beauchamps/Feuillet notation). With the invention of his dance notation system in the eighteenth century, Raoul-Auger Feuillet revolutionized the dance world. Published in...

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folia

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

A dance, probably Portuguese in origin, the characteristic harmonic framework of which was adopted by several 17th- and 18th-century composers as the basis of sets of variations. The name...

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forlana

Overview page. Subjects: Dance.

(It., furlana; Fr., forlane, fourlane). A lively couple dance in compound duple meter, the forlana derives its name from Friuli, the region of its origin, which lies to the northeast ...

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gavotte

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Old Fr. dance in common time beginning on 3rd beat of the bar. Originated in Pays de Gap where the inhabitants were known as ‘gavots’. Popularized at court of Louis XIV, where Lully comp....

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Genres of Western Theatrical Dance

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A genre has been defined as the sum of the qualities and structures common to the art works of a period or group. As times and cultures change, so do ...

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gigue

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A spirited dance in 6/8 or 12/8 time, popular in France in the early 1700s. Somewhat similar to the Irish jig.

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Louis XIV

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(1638–1715)

King of France (1643–1715). On his father's death in 1643, his mother Anne of Austria became regent and Mazarin chief minister. Louis survived the Fronde, was...

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loure

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — Music.

(Fr.).

Type of Fr. bagpipe; also dance, like a slow jig, acc. by this instr.

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minuet

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(Eng.), menuet (Fr.), Menuett (Ger.), minuetto (It.). Dance in triple time, orig. as Fr. rustic dance and adapted by the court in the 17th cent. So called because of small, dainty step (menunull...

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musette

Overview page. Subjects: Music — Dance.

[Fr., bagpipe]

Dance performed in 2/4, 3/4, or even 6/8 time and related to the gavotte. So named because it is danced to a bass drone like a bagpipe, it was popular at the courts...

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notation

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

The term ‘musical notation’ can be applied to any formal indication of how sounds and silences intended as music should be reproduced. Major variations in notation arise with dramatic...

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