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.


Baroque Dance Basics

Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
This is a sign-in program - please see session dates below.

Description: 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.

Dress code: Wear comfortable clothing and flexible dance shoes.

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

Fall 2017 Sessions:
Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4
Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1
Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6 (no class on Nov 22)

Winter/Spring 2018 Sessions:
Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7
Feb 14, 21, 28, March 7
March 14, 21, 28, April 4
April 18, 25, May 2, 9

Register on Mindbody, or in-person at INTEGRARTE.


Description: 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.

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.

Baroque Summer Workshop

Sunday-Saturday, July 23–29, 2017

Ken Pierce

2:00 - 5:30 pm Sun 23rd (at Longy School of Music)
10:45 - 5:00 pm Mon/Tues/Thurs
10:45 - 6:00 pm Wed/Fri
10:00 am Sat (at Longy School of Music)


Purchase online at MINDBODY

Note: Students participating in the Summer Baroque Dance Workshop will receive a $5 discount to all ballet and yoga classes. This offer does not apply to the INTEGRARTE 10 class card

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).

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