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Dancing through the Ages 1650-1700

Each of the ten 'Volumes' in  Dr John Gardiner-Garden's 2018 Dancing through the Ages series consists of three books. Each book is A4 size (i.e. 29x21 centimetres or 8.2x11.6 inches) and contains between 240 and 440 pages (most around 340). Each collection of three books contain (on average) 1,000 pages of research, discussion, analysis, illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations. The first book (Part 1a-d) looks at dancing in general (the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving; the nature and evolution of the period’s main forms of dance; dance elements such as style, etiquette, honours, holds, formations, figures and steps; developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and period-relevant primary sources (including little known ones). The second and third books (Part 2a and Part 2b respectively) offer sources and music for, and reconstructions and analysis of dozens of dances from the relevant period, presented in alphabetic order.

Below are the covers and contents of the three books that constitute Volume I in the series. The numbers represent the page on which the section or subsection start. The total number of pages in the book is usually a few pages more than the last page number mentioned.

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Part 1: Dance in general
   (Book 11)

PART 1a:    DANCE CONTEXT ~ 7
England ~ 9
Dance under the republic ~ 9
Dances with links to the Stuart Masque ~ 11
Bargrave’s masque in Constantinople ~ 13
Dances with links to mid-17th century plays ~ 14
Dances with links to aristrocats ~ 17
Dances with continental links ~ 17
The Inns of Court ~ 18
The Restoration and the new French Influence ~ 19
Dances with links to late-17th century plays ~ 24
Dances in late-17th century opera ~ 25
Different sorts of dances in different milieus ~ 29
France ~ 32
A new style ~ 32
The Masquerade ~ 35
The formal Versailles ball according to Rameau ~ 36
The formal Versailles ball according to contemporaries ~ 40
Balls in the Versailles garden’s salle du bal. ~ 43
Other balls at Versailles ~ 46
Balls in Paris ~ 47
The function of a ball ~ 47
The importation of the English Country Dance ~ 48
Elsewhere ~ 53
Italy ~ 53
Central Europe ~ 55
Poland ~ 55
Germany ~ 58
Holland ~ 59
Scotland and Ireland ~ 63
Sweden ~ 63
America ~ 64
Spain ~ 64

PART 1b:    DANCE FORMS ~ 66
The Allemande ~ 67
The Bourrée ~ 68
The Country dance ~ 69
Forms and mechanisms in the 1650s & 60s ~ 69
New propensities after 1675 and Lorin manuscripts of the 1680s ~ 71
Lorin on the contredance à deux ~ 77
Lorin on the contredance à quatre ~ 78
Lorin on the contredance à six ~ 79
Lorin on doubling up a contredanse ~ 80
Lorin on contredances for fixed numbers ~ 82
Lorin on contradance medleys ~ 83
Lorin on contradance introductions ~ 85
Lorin’s dances in summary ~ 85
William Jones and the ‘Parties of six’ ~ 87
Improper contradances ~ 90
The Courant ~ 91
Its importance ~ 91
Its evolution ~ 94
Wycherley’s and Pasch’s Courants ~ 96
The Minuet ~ 103
Origin ~ 103
The spread of the Minuet ~ 106
Pavan ~ 107
The Polish Dance ~ 108
The ‘relay mixer’ ~ 109
Other dance forms ~ 111
The Branle ~ 111
The Rigaudon ~ 111
The Hornpipe ~ 111
The Jig ~ 112
The Masquerade ~ 113
The Sarabande ~ 114

PART 1c:    DANCE ELEMENTS ~ 116
Style ~ 117
Etiquette ~ 119
Etiquette according to Phillips ~ 119
Etiquette according to de Courtin ~ 120
Etiquette according to Rameau ~ 122
Kissing ~ 124
The Bow ~ 125
The honours that open and close a dance ~ 126
Formations ~ 132
Couple facing couple ~ 132
3-facing-3 ~ 132
Rounds ~ 132
Squares ~ 133
Couples on the periphery of dance space ~ 133
3-couple longways ~ 133
4 couple longways ~ 134
Non-progressive longways for as many as will ~ 134
Progressive longways for as many as will ~ 134
Other formations ~ 135
Figures ~ 136
Tendencies and propensities ~ 136
Arches ~ 138
Arming ~ 138
Back-to-back ~ 138
Back Ring ~ 139
Cast (off) ~ 139
Chain / Bootlace ~ 139
Change (places) ~ 140
Circle ~ 141
Clapping ~ 141
Cross ~ 142
Fall back / Back ~ 142
Figure ~ 143
Gesture ~ 143
Go below ~ 144
Go about […] not turning your faces ~ 144
Go round about ~ 145
Gypsy ~ 145
Hands across ~ 145
Hands round ~ 145
Hey ~ 146
Kiss ~ 148
Lead ~ 148
Lead / slip down ~ 149
Lead up a double ~ 150
Meet ~ 150
Open and close ~ 150
Poussette ~ 151
Right and left ~ 152
Set ~ 152
Set with elbow & foot / side with foot & elbow ~ 153
Sides / Siding ~ 154
Turn ~ 155
Turn back to back ~ 155
Turn off ~ 156
Turn single ~ 156
Up a double ~ 157
Weave ~ 157
Steps ~ 158
Simplicity in country dancing stepping ~ 158
Variety in country dancing stepping ~ 158
Contradance stepping in 3/2 ~ 162
Steps in the Spanish Pabana ~ 164
Assemblé ~ 164
Balancé ~ 165
Bazio / Vacío ~ 165
Bourrée à deux mouvements (pas de) ~ 165
Cabriole / Cabriola ~ 166
Campanella ~ 167
Cargado ~ 168
Carrerilla ~ 169
Chassé ~ 169
Coupé ~ 170
Courante (pas de)170
Courante (temps de) ~ 170
Cruzado ~ 170
Degagé ~ 171
Double ~ 171
Encaje ~ 171
Fleuret / Floreo / Floreta ~ 172
Jetté ~ 173
Llamada ~ 173
Menuet (pas de) ~ 173
Paso ~ 174
Quatropeado ~ 174
Rompido ~ 175
Sacudido ~ 175
Saute / Sauté ~ 176
Simple / Single ~ 176
Sissone (pas de) ~ 177
Slip ~ 177
Tourné (Pas) ~ 178

PART 1d:    DANCE TEACHING ~ 179
Dance as a study ~ 180
The Vocation ~ 182
Wycherley’s play ~ 187
Publications ~ 198
John Playford’s 1651 English Dancing master ~ 198
Subsequent Dancing master editions ~ 201
Other English dance manuals and publications ~ 201
Notation ~ 203
Playford’s system ~ 203
The search for a new system ~ 205
Lorin’s system(s) ~ 204
Favier’s system ~ 208
De la Haise’s system ~ 210
Beauchamp’s system ~ 210
Calling ~ 212
Anonymous works ~ 214
The Inns of Court manuscripts ~ 214
The Sloane manuscript ~ 214
Steps for country dancing manuscript ~ 215
BL Add. MS 41996 fol.18 ~ 216
Authors and their works ~ 216
Bargrave ~ 216
Beauchamp ~ 216
Bray ~ 216
Jaque ~ 217
Lorin ~ 218
Menestrier ~ 219
Pasch ~ 219
Playford ~ 220
Selden ~ 222
Wycherley ~ 222


Part 2a: Dances in detail A-L
   (Book 12)

Adson’s Saraband ~ 6
All in the Garden green ~ 10
Amaryllis ~ 13
Anna Maria ~ 17
Arcadia ~ 19
Argeers ~ 21
Aye me, or the Simphony ~ 25
Bartlett House ~ 27
The Bath ~ 29
The Begger Boy ~ 31
Bellamira / The Baulk (1) ~ 34
Black Bess ~ 38
Black Jack ~ 41
Black Nag
 ~ 45
Boat-man ~ 47
Bobbing Joe (2) ~ 50
Bonny grey-Ey’d morn ~ 54
The Bore, or Sweet William ~ 56
Braye’s Magott ~ 58
Broome ~ 60
Catching of Quails ~ 63
Cheerily and Merrily ~ 66
Chestnut ~ 69
The Chirping of the Nightingale (2) ~ 72
Christchurch Bells (1) ~ 75
Christchurch Bells (2) ~ 80
Cobbler’s Jig ~ 94
Cold and Raw ~ 98
Confesse ~ 100
Contredance nouvelle figurée à huit ~ 104
Courant (3) & (4) ~ 113
The Country Coll ~ 158
Cuckolds all a Row (2) ~ 161
Cupid Garden ~ 164
The Cushion Dance (1) ~ 169
Daniel Cowper (1) ~ 173
Daphne ~ 176
Dargason ~ 180
De’il take the Wars (1) ~ 185
Drive the Cold Winter Away ~ 187
The Duke of Gloucester’s March ~ 190
Easter Tuesday ~ 193
Emperor of the Moon ~ 194
Epping Forrest ~ 200
Excuse me ~ 202
Fain I would ~ 210
The Fine Companion ~ 213
Gathering Peascods ~ 216
The Geud Man of Ballangigh ~ 218
The Glory of the West ~ 220
Graies Inne Maske (2) ~ 224
Greenwood (2) ~ 227
Grimstock ~ 231
The Gun Fleet (1) & (2) ~ 233
Half Hannykin ~ 237
Have at thy coat old woman ~ 239
The Health ~ 242
Hearts-ease (2) ~ 245
Hedge Lane (1a&b, 2a&b) ~ 248
Hide Parke ~ 255
Hobb’s Wedding ~ 257
Hockley in the Hole ~ 260
The Hole in the Wall ~ 263
If all the World were Paper ~ 265
The Irish Trot ~ 267
Jack a Lent ~ 272
Jack’s Maggot ~ 275
Jacob Hall’s Jig ~ 276
Jamaica / La bonne amitié ~ 278
Jenny plucked Pears ~ 282
Joan’s Placket (1) / Jeanne qui saute ~ 284
Jog on (2) ~ 288
The Jovial Beggars ~ 292
Juice of Barley ~ 294
Kemp’s Jig ~ 296
The Kettle Drum ~ 300
King of Poland ~ 303
The Last of Twenty ~ 306
Lavena ~ 309
Lilli Burlero (1) ~ 312
The London Gentlewoman ~ 314
Lord of Carnavan’s Jig ~ 321
Love and a Bottle (1) ~ 324
The Lover’s Luck ~ 327
Lulle me beyond thee ~ 330

Part 2b: Dances in detail M-Z   (Book 13)

Mad Robin (1) ~ 6
Mage on a Cree ~ 9
Maiden Lane ~ 12
The Maid in the Mill ~ 15
Maid in the Moon ~ 17
The Masque of the Seasons ~ 20
The Maurice Daunce ~ 36
Menuet Anglois / Mr Lane’s Minuet ~ 40
The Milking Payle / Merry Milkmaids (2) ~ 44
The Mill-field ~ 47
Millison’s Jig ~ 50
Mr Beveridge’s Maggot ~ 53
Mr Eaglesfield’s new Hornpipe ~ 55
Mr Isaac’s Maggot ~ 57
Mr Lane’s Magot ~ 65
Mr Lane’s Trumpet Minuet ~ 70
Mr Young’s Delight ~ 75
The Mulberry-Garden (1) & (2) ~ 78
Mundesse ~ 82
My Lady Cullen’s ~ 87
The New Bath ~ 90
New Boe Peep ~ 94
Newcastle ~ 96
The New Exchange ~ 102
New Rigadoon ~ 105
New Roger / Young Roger ~ 107
The Nightpiece ~ 113
Nobody’s Jig ~ 117
Nonesuch / A la Mode de France ~ 119
Old Simon the King ~ 125
Pabana / Spanish Pavan (2) ~ 128
Parson’s Farewell ~ 139
Parson upon Dorothy (1) / The Shepherd’s Daughter ~ 144
Parson upon Dorothy (2) ~ 148
Paul’s Steeple ~ 151
Peppers Black ~ 156
Prince George ~ 160
Prince Rupert’s March ~ 165
Punk’s Delight ~ 168
Put on thy Smock on a Monday ~ 171
Putney Ferry ~ 173
Red House (1) & (2) ~ 176
Rigadoon (1) ~ 180
Row Well ye Mariners ~ 183
Rufty Tufty ~ 189
Sage Leaf ~ 192
Saint Martin ~ 195
St. Martin’s Lane ~ 199
Saraband ~ 202
Scotch Cap ~ 206
The Scotch Measure ~ 209
Sellengers Round ~ 211
Shepheard’s Holiday ~ 215
Short and Sweet ~ 218
Short’s Garden ~ 220
The Siege of Limerick ~ 222
The Slip ~ 224
Spanish Jig (1) & (2) ~ 227
Spanish Gypsie / The Gypsies (2) ~ 229
The Spring ~ 232
Staines Morris ~ 234
Step Stately ~ 238
The Stingo, or the Oyl of Barley ~ 241
Strawberries and Cream (1) ~ 245
Sweet Kate ~ 248
Ten Pound Lass (2) ~ 250
The 29th of May ~ 253
Tythe Pig ~ 256
Under and Over / Over and Under ~ 258
Upon a Summers Day ~ 262
Valentine’s Day ~ 264
Vienna (1) ~ 272
Vienna (2) ~ 274
Well Hall ~ 278
What you please ~ 280
The Whirligig ~ 283
Whitehall ~ 286
Windsor Castle ~ 290
Woodicock ~ 293
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