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.

Price: $17 per class, drop-in. A 10 class card is available for $150. We accept cash or a check payable to INTEGRARTE.

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

 

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

 

Beginner

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Learn some of the basic steps used in bourrées, gavottes, sarabandes, menuets, gigues, and other Baroque dances.  Each class will begin with a warmup. Then we’ll learn or review steps in a variety of combinations, at different tempos and in different meters (duple, triple, compound), paying attention to timing, use of weight, and connection from one step to the next. Some Baroque dance steps -- pas de bourrée, coupé, contretemps, pirouettes, jetés, pas de sissone, assemblé -- have the same names as in today’s ballet; in some cases, their execution is similar to today’s, but not always!

By the end of the four-week session, students can expect to have a basic understanding of Baroque dance vocabulary and of the ways in which Baroque dance steps are used in different dance types.

For teens or adults who have some experience in any style of dance.  Wear comfortable clothing and flexible dance shoes.

Price:
Full program of 4 classes $55
Drop in $17 (drop ins only allowed in the first class)

Session I: April 12, 19, 26, and May 3
Session II: May 17, 24, 31, and June 7
Session III: July 5, 12, 19, 26

Register on Mindbody, or at INTEGRARTE.

Intermediate

Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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.

Sunday-Saturday, July 23–29, 2017

Instructor:
Ken Pierce

Time:
10:45-5pm MON/TUE/THUR
10:45-6PM WED/FRI

Tuition:
$350

An intensive workshop in baroque dance (European ballroom and theatrical dance of the late 17th and early 18th centuries). Classes in technique, repertoire, and dance notation, with opportunities for independent projects.

As in past years, the summer Baroque dance workshop will be allied with the International Baroque Institute at Longy (IBIL). This year’s IBIL theme is “Venice”. Dancers are invited to attend IBIL lectures and concerts, and to participate in the IBIL student performance on Saturday, 29 July. A portion of the dance workshop will be devoted to preparing dances for this performance.

The dance workshop will focus not on dances from Venice, but rather on French dances that have a “Venetian” connection—for example, dances to music from a Venetian-themed divertissement. Workshop repertoire includes menuets, gavottes, sarabandes, bourrées, and other baroque dance types (especially forlanes).

For more information on the program visit: http://web.mit.edu/kpierce/www/summer/

Spring/Summer 2017 Early Dance Workshops at Integrarte

Prices:
Single class $25
Package of 2 classes $45 
Package of 3 classes $65 

Single classes and the package of 3 classes may be purchased on Mindbody.
All classes and packages are available for purchase at INTEGRARTE front desk.

Baroque Dance Repertory Workshops

Saturdays: May 6 & July 22
1:00-3:00pm

Register: INTEGRARTE front desk or on Mindbody

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

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 and at private gatherings. No prior Baroque dance experience is required — steps needed for the dances will be taught as part of the workshop.

The repertory:

May 6
La Bouflers, choreography by Claude Balon (1722)
A gavotte with a pleasing variety of step sequences, alternating between mirror and axial symmetry.

July 22
Rather than focusing on a single dance, this workshop will offer a quick introduction to (or review of) basic baroque dance steps -- pas de bourrée, coupé, contretemps, etc.

 

Renaissance Dance Repertory Workshops

Saturdays: June 17
1:00-3:00pm

Register: INTEGRARTE front desk or on Mindbody

Each session will be self-contained, devoted to one or more 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.

The repertory:

June 17
Il Canario, choreography by Fabritio Caroso (1581) with additional variations from various sources
A dance that includes rhythmic foot sounds — brushes and stamps — as well as travelling passages