Early Dance Repertory Workshops

Winter/Spring 2017 Early Dance Workshops at Integrarte

 

Baroque Dance Repertory Workshops

Saturdays: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 8
1:00-3:00pm

Prices:
Single class $25
Package of 2 classes $45 (purchase at front desk only)
Package of 3 classes $65 (purchase at front desk only)
Package of 4 $80

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:

Jan. 21
Menuets and contredanses, choreography from various sources
Contredanses became popular at court because they are relatively easy to learn and because they allow more than a single copule to dance at the same time. Menuets use a few basic steps and figures in a semi-improvised couple dance. In this first workshop of 2017, we'll do an assortment of contredanses and some basic menuet steps and figures.

Feb. 18
Les Folies d'Espagne, choreography from various sources
There are several choreographed variations for a solo dancer that are set to the well-known Follia tune. We will look at some of these, from the straightforward variations for a woman by Feuillet to some of the more complex variations for a man, and play with the character of the dance in relation to the Follia music.

Mar. 18
Gigue (la Gigue de Roland), choreography by Raoul-Anger Feuillet
Set to music from the opera Roland, by Lully, this lively theatrical couple dance uses a fairly simple step-vocabulary in an economical choreography that follows the structure of its music.

Apr. 8
La Lorraine (Rigaudon de Provence), choreography by Claude Balon
This delightful ballroom dance has a good-humored, rustic feel. Like other dances we've looked at, it involves step-sequences that repeat in different orientations.

 

Renaissance Dance Repertory Workshops

Saturdays: Feb. 25, Mar. 25
1:00-3:00pm

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

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:

Feb. 25
Alba Novella, choreography by Fabritio Caroso, and galliard variations from various sources
The first dance in Caroso's first treatise, Il Ballarino (1581), is the pleasing couple dance Alba Novella. Most of the dance is in duple meter, but it also includes a somewhat livelier saltarello section at the close. In addition to this choreographed dance, we'll spend some time on basic galliard steps and step sequences.

Mar. 25
Leggiadra Marina, choreography by Cesare Negri
This multi-part couple dance from Negri's treatise Le Gratie d'Amore (1602) alternates among duple meter, galliard, and saltarello music, giving this easy-to-learn dance a satisfying sense of vigor.

Teacher
Time
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Day of week
Saturday
Studio
Studio 1
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