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 13 (no class on Nov 22 and Dec 6)

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 using cash, check, or credit card at INTEGRARTE.

Baroque Dance Intermediate

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.

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 21
JAN 20
FEB 17
MAR 17
APR 21
MAY 19

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

NOV 11


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.