Baroque Dance

What is Baroque Dance?

The term "Baroque Dance" refers to European ballroom and theatrical dance of the late 17th and early 18th centuries -- the precursor to today's ballet, as danced by both amateurs and professionals at the time of Louis XIV of France. Because dance played a prominent role in society during this period, dancing masters developed dance notation systems and published treatises that provide detailed descriptions of steps used in baroque dance. Thus, we are able to reconstruct baroque dance steps and choreographies with a satisfying degree of accuracy.

Baroque dance is early ballet: it uses turnout and a vertical carriage of the body, just as ballet does. It involves lots of bending and rising, small jumps, and low extensions. Movements can be light and quick, or more sustained; either way, control and placement are important. Connection to the music is crucial. Each class includes a warmup, practice of basic steps and step sequences typical of different dance types (e.g., bourrée, gavotte, sarabande, gigue, menuet) in different meters and rhythms, and excerpts from notated baroque ballroom and theatrical dances.

Classes are designed for adults or older teens.

Danced by Ken Pierce and Jennifer Thorp; choreography by Guillaume-Louis Pécour, reconstructed by the dancers from Beauchamp-Feuillet notation.

 

Price: $18 per class, drop-in, 10 class card $160. Payment can be made using cash, check, or credit card.  Online purchases can be made by creating an account on Mindbody.

Baroque Dance Beginner

Baroque dance taught at the beginner level. Drop-in classes for new students or experienced Baroque dancers who would like a slower paced class.

Day/time: Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Dress: Wear soft-soled shoes (for example, jazz shoes, dance sneakers, or t-strap teaching sandals) and comfortable dance clothing.

Baroque Dance Intermediate

Intermediate baroque dance. For students who are familiar with basic baroque dance steps: pas de bourrée, coupé, pas grave, contretemps, assemblé, pas de sissone, jeté, balancé.

Day/time: Saturdays 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Dress: Wear soft-soled shoes (for example, jazz shoes, dance sneakers, or t-strap teaching sandals) and comfortable dance clothing.

Early Dance Workshops

Baroque Dance Repertory Workshops

Each session will be self-contained, devoted to a dance or dances reconstructed from baroque dance notation: ballroom dances from the early 18th century that would have been “performed” at elaborate court balls or at private gatherings.  Steps are in a turned-out position, as in ballet, and involve lots of bending and rising, with small or medium jumps. No prior Baroque dance experience is required -- steps needed for the dances will be taught as part of the workshop.

Time: Saturdays 2-4 pm

Oct 19, Dec 7 2019; Jan 25, Mar 14, May 2 2020

Renaissance Dance Repertory Workshops

Each session will be self-contained, devoted to one or more French or Italian ballroom dances from around 1600, as described in treatises of the period. Steps are in a “natural” (not turned out) position. Movement quality varies: steps can be smooth or sharp, calm or vigorous. Some dances, like galliards, include lots of jumps; others are closer to the ground. No prior Renaissance dance experience is required -- steps needed for the dances will be taught as part of the workshop.

Time: Saturdays 2-4 pm

Oct 5, Nov 16 2019; Jan 11, Mar 28, May 23 2020

PRICE:

Single class workshop $25
Package of  2 classes $45 
Package of 3 classes $65 
Package of 4 classes $80 
Package of 5 classes $100

Payment can be made at INTEGRARTE with cash, check or credit card.