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Dancing through the Ages 1700-1750

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 V 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 14)

PART 1a:    DANCE CONTEXT 8

~ France ~ 10
~ Dance outdoors ~ 10
~ Types of indoor dancing ~ 15
~ The formal ball according to Rameau ~ 16
~ The Court ball as described by de Luynes ~ 18
~ Masquerade ~ 20
~ Private balls ~ 23
~ The Opera balls ~ 24
~ New dance venues ~ 27
~ The dances of folk origin ~ 28
~ Theatrical vers Social ~ 29
~ The rise of the contredanse ~ 31
~ Spain and Italy ~ 34
~ Spain ~ 34
~ Italy ~ 36
~ England ~ 37
~ The rustic dance ~ 37
~ Public assemblies ~ 38
~ The acceptance of the French noble style ~ 39
~ Soame Jenys ~ 40
~ Links with theatrical world ~ 41
~ Scotland and Ireland ~ 46
~ Germany and Austria ~ 49
~ Indigenous dance forms and style ~ 49
~ The French influence ~ 50
~ The fashionable dance scene ~ 51
~ Over indulgence ~ 54
~ Saxony, Poland and Russia ~ 57
~ America ~ 58

PART 1b:    DANCE FORMS 62
~ The Allemande ~ 64
~ The Bourrée ~ 67
~ Cotillon / Contredanse français ~ 68
~ The Country Dance ~ 72
~ The Country Dance / Contredanse ~ 72
~ Thomlinson on how to avoid disorder ~ 73
~ Feuillet on contredanse mechanisms ~ 75
~ Different figures to the same tune ~ 76
~ Improper dances ~ 76
~ The Courant / Courante ~ 77
~ The Gavotte~ 81
~ The Minuet ~ 83
~ Its importance ~ 83
~ Its forms ~ 83
~ Its steps ~ 86
~ Its figures ~ 87
~ Its evolution ~ 90
~ The Pass(e)pied ~ 95
~ Other courtly dances ~ 96
~ The Sarabande ~ 96
~ The Rigaudon ~ 96
~ The Chaconne and Passacaglia / Passacailles ~ 96
~ The Gigue ~ 97

PART 1c:    DANCE ELEMENTS 98
~ Style ~ 100
~ Timing and grace ~ 100
~ Body mechanics ~ 101
~ Body disposition ~ 102
~ Walking ~ 104
~ The lady’s disposition and movement ~ 106
~ Arms ~ 107
~ Etiquette ~ 111
~ At a grand occasion ~ 111
~ Kissing ~ 112
~ Fans ~ 113
~ Honours ~ 114
~ Standing bow for the gentleman ~ 114
~ Standing courtesy for the lady ~ 116
~ Passing bow for the gentleman ~ 118
~ Passsing courtsey for lady ~ 119
~ Retiring bow for the gentleman~ 120
~ Retiring courtesy for the lady~ 122
~ Honours before dancing (the minuet) ~ 122
~ Before dancing ~ 122
~ The first honour—honour to presence ~ 124
~ The second honour—honour to partner ~ 124
~ Preparation to dance / minuet ~ 125
~ The Hat ~ 126
~ Holds and Positions ~ 129
~ Foot positions ~ 129
~ Arm holds ~ 131
~ Formations 133
~ Couples dances ~ 133
~ 2-couples squares ~ 134
~ 4-couples squares ~ 134
~ 4-couples longways ~ 134
~ Dances for other set numbers ~ 134
~ Longways for as many as will ~ 135
~ Figures ~ 137
~ 3-in-line ~ 137
~ 4-in-file or -line ~ 137
~ Allemande ~ 138
~ Arm ~ 140
~ Back to back ~ 141
~ Balance ~ 141
~ Cast (off) ~ 141
~ Chain / Bootlace~ 141
~ Change (places) ~ 142
~ Chase ~ 142
~ Circle ~ 142
~ Clap ~ 142
~ Contra corners ~ 143
~ Cross ~ 143
~ Down and back ~ 143
~ Draw ~ 143
~ Fall back and meet ~ 144
~ Follow-the-leader cast off and lead back ~ 144
~ Figure ~ 144
~ Gesture and jumps~ 144
~ Gypsy ~ 145
~ Hands across ~ 145
~ Hands round ~ 145
~ Hey ~ 146
~ Kiss ~ 146
~ Lead ~ 146
~ Meet ~ 146
~ Moulinet ~ 147
~ Poussette ~ 147
~ Right and left ~ 147
~ Rond ~ 147
~ Set ~ 147
~ Sides / Siding ~ 148
~ Turn ~ 149
~ Turn back to back ~ 149
~ Turn single ~ 149
~ Up and back ~ 149
~ Steps ~ 150
~ Assemblé ~ 151
~ Balancé (Pas)~ 153
~ Balloté ~ 155
~ Balonné (Pas ) ~ 155
~ Bourrée (Pas de) of 1 movement or Fleuret ~ 156
~ Bourrée (pas de) with 2 movements ~ 167
~ Bourré (pas de) vite / Bourrée with a bound ~ 168
~ Changement de Jambe ~ 170
~ Chassé ~ 170
~ Contredance steps in general ~ 174
~ Contredance steps in 3/2—the ‘Hornpipe’ ~ 177
~ Cotillion steps in general ~ 180
~ Contretemps / Contretemps de gavotte ~ 181
~ Contretems à deux mouvemens / Contretemps balonné ~ 190
~ Contretemps de menuet / Hop minuet step ~ 191
~ Coupé (Pas) simple and coupé soutenue ~ 193
~ Coupé (Pas) à deux mouvemens ~ 203
~ Coupé avec ouverture de jambe ~ 206
~ Coupé battu ~ 207
~ Coupé fermé / coupé révérence ~ 207
~ Coupé sans poser le corps / Coupé en ne posant que la pointe ~ 208
~ Courante (Pas de) ~ 208
~ Demi-Contretemps ~ 208
~ Demi-coupé ~ 208
~ Demi-Jeté ~ 215
~ Echappé (Pas) ~ 216
~ Emboët(t)é ~ 217
~ Fleuret ~ 217
~ Gaillarde (Pas de) and Pas Tombé ~ 217
~ Gavotte (Pas de) ~ 223
~ ‘Gavotte tune’ stepping ~ 223
~ Glissade ~ 225
~ Jeté ~ 226
~ Jeté chassé ~ 231
~ Menuet/Minuet steps in general ~ 232
~ Minuet step (0)—0 movement ~ 241
~ Minuet step (1)—1 movement ~ 241
~ Minuet step (2a)—2 movements, hemiolic ~ 243
~ Minuet step (2b)—2 movement, non-hemiolic ~ 252
~ Minuet step (2c & 2d)—2 movement, late 2nd ~ 254
~ Minuet (3a & 3b)—3 movements without and with leap ~ 261
~ Passacaille (Pas de) ~ 264
~ Passepied ~ 265
~ Pirouette ~ 266
~ Point / Temps ~ 270
~ Rigaudon / Rigadoon ~ 271
~ The rigadoon of two springs ~ 276
~ Set ~ 278
~ Sissone / Pas de sissone~ 278
~ Temps de Courante / Pas Grave ~ 281
~ Temps levé ~ 285
~ Tombé (Pas) ~ 285
~ Zephyr (Pas de) ~ 285

PART 1d:    DANCE TEACHING 286
~ The Vocation ~ 287
~ The apprenticeship ~ 291
~ Connection with fencing ~ 292
~ The social regard ~ 293
~ The teaching repertoire ~ 297
~ Notation ~ 299
~ Five different systems ~ 299
~ The Feuillet system ~ 300
~ Uses of and variants on the Feuillet notation system ~ 330
~ Publications ~ 334
~ Technical publications ~ 334
~ Annual publications in France ~ 334
~ Annual publications in England ~ 336
~ Teaching technique ~ 338
~ Anonymous works ~ 339
~ The dancing master ~ 339
~ The Durlach manuscript ~ 339
~ The ‘Tanz’ article in Universal Lexicon ~ 339
~ Ms-30 ~ 339
~ Ms-70 ~ 340
~ Ms-80 ~ 340
~ Authors and their works ~ 341
~ Alexander ~ 341
~ Behr ~ 341
~ Bickham ~ 342
~ Bonin ~ 342
~ Bonnefond ~ 342
~ Bonnet ~ 343
~ Burette ~ 343
~ Caverley ~ 343
~ Descan / Deslan ~ 344
~ Dezais ~ 344
~ Dubreil ~ 345
~ Dufort ~ 345
~ Essex ~ 346
~ Ferriol ~ 346
~ Feuillet ~ 347
~ Holst ~ 351
~ I.H.P ~ 351
~ Isaac ~ 351
~ Jayme ~ 352
~ Jenyns ~ 353
~ Kynaston ~ 353
~ L’Abbée ~ 354
~ Lambranzi ~ 354
~ La Vigne ~ 354
~ Magny ~ 355
~ Minguet e Irol ~ 356
~ Neal ~ 356
~ Nivelon ~ 356
~ Pasch ~ 357
~ Pécour ~ 358
~ Pemberton ~ 358
~ Playford ~ 358
~ Priest ~ 359
~ Rameau ~ 359
~ Siris ~ 360
~ Taubert ~ 361
~ Tomlinson ~ 361
~ Walsh ~ 363
~ Weaver ~ 364
~ Young ~ 366

Part 2a: Dances in detail A-Ma   (Book 15)

~ Aimable Vainqueur / Louvre ~ 6
~ Allemande (2) / L’Allemande ~ 15
~ Always Drunk and Never Sober (1) ~ 27
~ Apley House ~ 29
~ Auretti’s Dutch Skipper (1) ~ 32
~ La Bachante (1) ~ 34
~ La Bachante (2) ~ 41
~ Barbarini’s Tambourine ~ 45
~ La Bergère ~ 47
~ La Blonde & la Brune ~ 49
~ Bob in the Bed ~ 58
~ La Bohaimiene ~ 60
~ La Bourgogne ~ 66
~ La Bourrée d’Achille ~ 77
~ The Busie Body ~ 86
~ Butter’d Pease (1) ~ 89
~ La Chaîne ~ 91
~ La Chasse ~ 97
~ Cheshire Rounds ~ 102
~ Childgrove ~ 105
~ The Collier’s Daughter (1), (2) & (3) ~ 107
~ Les Contrefaiseurs ~ 111
~ La Coquette / Coquette (1) ~ 122
~ Le Cordon Bleu ~ 125
~ Le Cotillon ~ 130
~ Le Cotillon des Fêtes de Thalie ~ 140
~ Cotillon de Surenne~ 145
~ De’il Take the Wars (2) ~ 154
~ Draw Cupid Draw ~ 157
~ Easter Thursday ~ 159
~ Entrée de deux Bacchantes ~ 163
~ Entrée pour un Berger et une Bergère ~ 169
~ Entrée pour un homme et une femme ~ 173
 ~ Fair and Softly ~ 178
~ The Fair Quaker of Deal ~ 180
~ Les Galeries d’Amour ~ 183
~ La Gasconne ~ 188
~ La Gavotte du Roy à quatre ~ 192
~ Gigue à deux / Gigue de Roland ~ 197
~ Granadiais ~ 205
~ The Great Turk ~ 208
~ Greensleeves and Yellow Lace ~ 211
~ Hamstead Heath ~ 215
~ Hunt the Squirrel (1) & (2) ~ 218
~ Indian Queen ~ 222
~ Irish Lamentation ~ 225
~ Kelsterne Gardens ~ 228
~ Knives and Forkes ~ 230
~ Lady Mary’s Courant ~ 232
~ Lilli Burlero (2a, b & c) ~ 234
~ Love in a Bottle (2) ~ 238
~ Love and a Bottle (3) ~ 240
~ Love’s Triumph ~ 242
~ Madame Robin / Mad Robin (2) ~ 245
~ Madamoiselle Dupingle (1) & (2) / Sabina ~ 250
~ Les Manches Vertes ~ 252
~ Les Mariniers ~ 257
~ The Marlborough (1) & (2) ~ 260
~ Masquerade Royal (1) & (2) ~ 263
~ La Matelote ~ 267


Part 2b: Dances in detail Me-Z   (Book 16)

~ Le Menuet à quatre (1) ~ 6
~ Menuet à quatre (2) ~ 9
~ Menuet de la Reine (1) ~ 14
~ The Merry Conclusions ~ 17
~ Minuet (1) / Menuet à deux (1) ~ 20
~ Moll Peatley, the New way / Moll Peatley (2) ~ 115
~ Mr Caverley’s Minuet ~ 119
~ Mr Holt’s Minuet and Jig ~ 128
~ Mr Priest’s Minuet ~ 136
~ My Lady Winwood’s Maggot ~ 145
~ My Lord Byron’s Maggot (1) & (2) ~ 147
~ New Round O ~ 152
~ L’ Nosse de Paysan ~ 157
~ Le Nouveau Pistolet ~ 160
~ Orleans Baffled ~ 166
~ La Pantomime ~ 168
~ Passacaille pour un homme et une femme / Passacaille de Persée ~ 171
~ Le Passepied à quatre ~ 190
~ Les Petites danses / Les Tricotets ~ 194
~ Le Pistolet ~ 204
~ Portsmouth (1) & (2) ~ 206
~ Prince George’s Birthday ~ 209
~ Princess Amelia / Holborn March ~ 212
~ Prince William ~ 215
~ The Punch bowl ~ 218
~ The Pursuit ~ 220
 ~ Les Quatres Faces ~ 222
~ The Queen’s Jigg ~ 226
~ The Rakes of Rochester ~ 227
~ The Recruiting Officer (1) & (2) ~ 230
~ Rigadoon (2) / Rigaudon d’Angleterre ~ 233
~ (Sir) Roger de Coverley (1) ~ 238
~ Softly Good Tummas ~ 241
~ Le Soleildieu ~ 243
~ St Margaret’s Hill ~ 246
~ Strawberries and Cream (2) ~ 249
~ Subligny’s Minuet ~ 251
~ The Tatler ~ 253
~ The Toast ~ 257
~ A Trip to Paris ~ 262
~ A Trip to the Jubilee ~ 265
~ La Vieille Bourrée / La Petite Bourrée ~ 270
~ Vienna (3) ~ 275
~ We’ll Wed and We’ll Bed ~ 278
~ Wou’d you have a young Virgin (1)/(2) ~ 282
~ Yellow Stockings ~ 285
~ Young Sir John / Happy Bride ~ 288
~ Zephirs and Flora ~ 291
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