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Dancing through the Ages 1750-1800

Dancing through the Ages is an 10,800 page work offering background on, reconstruction of, and chorded music for nearly 1,000 dances from between from 1400 to 1900, as well as extensive notes analysing links between these dances, the evolution of dance forms, movement ideas and notation systems through this 500 period, and the changing nature of ball culture and dance sources in countries across the old and new word.  The whole is supported by thousands of quotations, diagrams and illustrations from original sources.

The work is broken into 31 books, each of between 300 and 460 (average 350) double-sided A4 pages. After the 'Orientation and Overview' book 1, the work is organised into ten 'Volumes', each of 3 books.  

Each 3-book Volume is devoted to a particular period and consists of 1,000 plus 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.

To order any or all of the books in this 31-book series go to (PUBLISHER's WEBSITE ORDER PAGE LINK TO APPEAR HERE MID AUGUST 2020 when grand work is finally available!) . The books are AUS$35 each (approximately US$25), plus postage which will diminish with the more books in your order. As your books will be sent from the nearest Lulu printer on your continent, you will not be paying for overseas shipping and will not be waiting long for the books to arrive. Orders are normally filled at local postage rates within a week.  

N.B. I recommend that in addition to ordering the books pertaining to the period you first think of, you also order books from the adjacent period collections plus the invaluable Book 1: 'Orientation and Overview'.  Indeed, because of the interconnectivity of dance over the 500 years covered by this series (and the cross-referencing between books in the series), I highly recommend the full set!

If you are able to collect from our home in Canberra Australia, I may be able to offer you a special no-postage price on a full-set. Phone 62811098 or email us

Below are the front covers and contents of the three books that constitute Volume VI in the series


Part 1: Dance in general
   (Book 17)

PART 1a: DANCE CONTEXT ~ 8

France ~ 10

Balls at Versailles ~ 10

Opera Balls ~ 12

How did Paris Opera ball actually work? ~ 14

Other Public Balls ~ 16

Developments on stage ~ 16

Dancing during the Terror ~ 19

England ~ 21

The importance of dance ~ 21

The Private Ball ~ 24

The Assemblies ~ 26

Garden settings ~ 30

On Stage ~ 32

At Court ~ 32

Dancing masters’ parties, and the case of Mr Jenkin’s party ~ 34

Scotland, Wales and Ireland ~ 37

Scotland ~ 37

Wales ~ 41

Ireland ~ 43

Italy ~ 45

Dance in the 1787 opera Don Giovanni ~ 45

Dance in Magri’s 1779 Trattato ~ 46

Dance in illustrations ~ 48

Germany, Austria and Hungary ~ 52

The University dance culture ~ 52

The repertoire mix ~ 52

The ‘Englischer’ ~ 53

The ‘Deutscher’ ~ 54

The torch dance ~ 55

Poland and Russia ~ 57

Russia ~ 59

America ~ 61

Before the war ~ 61

During the war ~ 64

After the war ~ 69

In the 1790s ~ 76

Australia ~ 78

First contact dancing ~ 78

Dancing on prison transports ~ 78

 

PART 1b: DANCE FORMS ~ 80

Allemande ~ 82

Origins ~ 82

The couples dance ~ 83

Cautions ~ 88

In cotillions and country dances ~ 89

Contradanse anglaise / Country dance ~ 91

Hogarth and Schiller on its beauty ~ 91

Its popularity ~ 92

Its shape and mechanics ~ 94

Its extemporisation ~ 97

Its composition ~ 100

Its management ~ 101

Blessmann on the English Dance ~ 104

The Ecossaise on the horizon ~ 108

Cotillion / Contredanse français ~ 110

Its origin ~ 110

Its popularity and spred on the continent ~ 111

Its introduction to and popularity in England ~ 111

Its introduction to and popularity in America ~ 113

Its continued popularity in England ~ 114

Its formation ~ 115

Its mechanics ~ 117

The change figures ~ 119

Variants on the contredanse à huit ~ 124

The Douze and Seize ~ 126

The Minuet ~ 127

Its importance ~ 127

Continuing step and figures ~ 131

New phrasing, tempo and formation ~ 132

Its teaching ~ 133

The figured minuets ~ 135

The advent of the Menuet de la cour ~ 136

The Polonaise ~ 137

From 1750-1770 ~ 137

From 1770-1790 ~ 138

The Polska ~ 142

The Quadrille ~ 147

The earliest quadrilles ~ 147

The origin of the Pantalon, L’Été, la Poule and La Trenis combination ~ 148

The Reel ~ 150

The Waltz ~ 153

Other dances ~ 155

The French dances ~ 155

The Hornpipe ~ 156

The Jig ~ 158

 

PART 1c: DANCE ELEMENTS ~ 160

Style ~ 161

Graceful disposition ~ 161

Graceful movement ~ 162

Countenance ~ 163

Equilibrium ~ 165

Timing ~ 165

The bend, rise and lower ~ 166

Degagé ~ 167

Walking ~ 167

For Country dances ~ 168

For Cotillions ~ 168

Arms ~ 170

Etiquette ~ 172

Francis Burney’s Evelina ~ 173

Dress ~ 178

Honours ~ 179

Upon entering a room ~ 179

Honours during a dance—the stationary bow ~ 180

Honours in passing ~ 181

Taking a seat ~ 182

Upon leaving a room ~ 182

Holds and Positions ~ 184

Foot Positions ~ 184

Turn-out~ 184

Allemande arm holds ~ 185

Country dance arm holds ~ 187

Figures in general ~ 190

Country dancing ~ 190

Cotillions ~ 191

Figure glossary~ 193

À la Droite / Chassez à la droite ~ 193

Allemande ~ 193

Aller figurer devant un couple ~ 195

Avant Deux ~ 195

Back to back / Dos à Dos ~ 196

Balance / Balancé ~ 196

Baulking ~ 197

Cast ~ 197

Cerceau brisé ~ 202

Chaîne Anglaise ~ 202

Chaîne des Dames / Petite Chaîne ~ 202

Change / Change over ~ 203

Chassé ~ 203

Circle ~ 206

Cross of Malta ~ 206

Cross over~ 206

Dos à Dos ~ 209

Down and back ~ 209

Draw ~ 212

En Avant ~ 212

Figure of Eight ~ 212

Foot Abreast ~ 216

Foot across and turn ~ 217

Forward and back / Avant Deux / En Avant ~ 217

Grande Carré / Grand Square ~ 218

Grand Chain / Chaine ~ 218

Grand Square / Grande Carré ~ 218

Half-moon / Horseshoe ~ 219

Hands across / Moulinet ~ 220

Hands round / circle ~ 222

Hey ~ 224

Hunt / Chase ~ 225

Lady’s chain ~ 226

Lead ~ 226

Lead Outside ~ 227

Lead to the walls ~ 229

Line / Muraille / die Mauer ~ 229

The Lovers Knot ~ 230

La Main ~ 230

Les Mains ~ 230

Moulinet ~ 230

Passes ~ 231

Les Petites chaînes~ 231

Pirouette ~ 231

Poussette / Draw ~ 232

Promenade ~ 233

Queue du Chat (La) ~ 235

Right and Left / Chaîne Anglaise ~ 236

La Rond / Circle ~ 238

Set and Turn ~ 240

Set to corners ~ 241

Shift partners ~ 241

Snail ~ 242

Square ~ 242

Sur les Côtes ~ 243

Turn / Les Main ~ 243

Turn / swing / chain corners ~ 244

Turn right hand / Turn left hand / La Main ~ 245

Turn single ~ 246

Waltzing in a set ~ 246

Weaves / Enchainement ~ 247

Steps in general ~ 250

Step choice ~ 250

Step quality ~ 251

Step timing ~ 251

Steps in country dancing ~ 253

Pauli 1756 and Winterschmid 1758 ~

254

Lange 1763 ~ 255

A.D. Dancing master ~ 256

Petersen 1768 ~ 256

Feldtenstein 1772 ~ 257

‘Von einem Böhmen’ 1777 ~ 259

Magri 1779 ~ 263

Petersen 1791 ~ 265

Steps used in Cotillions ~ 267

Step glossary ~ 269

Allemande (Pas de) ~ 269

Assemblé ~ 269

Balancé ~ 271

Balleto Fermo ~ 272

Ballonné (Pas) ~ 272

Balloté ~ 273

Basque (Pas de) ~ 273

Bourrée (Pas de) / Fleuret ~ 274

Brisé (Pas)~ 277

Changement de Jambe ~ 278

Chassé ~ 278

Contretemps de gavotte ~ 280

Contretemps de minuet ~ 282

Coupé ~ 282

Demi-Contretemps ~ 282

Demi-coupé ~ 283

Demi-jeté ~ 284

Écossois (Pas) ~ 284

Echappé (Pas) ~ 284

Fleuret ~ 285

Footing ~ 285

Fouetté ~ 285

Flinc, Flanc ~ 285

Galop / Gallop ~ 286

Glissade ~ 287

Jeté ~ 287

Marcel (Pas de) ~ 288

Marché (Pas) ~ 289

Minuet steps in general ~ 290

Minuet—3 movements, hemiolic with leap ~ 292

Minuet—3 movements, hemiolic without leap ~ 292

Minuet—3 movements, non-hemiolic no leap ~ 293

Minuet—2 movements, hemiolic without leap ~ 296

Minuet—2 or 3 movements, non-hemiolic ~ 298

Minuet—other variants, Pas de Marcel ~ 303

Pas Angloise / Footing ~ 305

Pas Écossaise ~ 306

Pas grave / Passo grave / Tems de courante ~ 307

Pirouette ~ 307

Quatre Pas ~ 308

Rigaudon / Rigadoon ~ 309

Set ~ 310

Sissone ~ 311

Tems (Temps) Levé ~ 311

Zephyr (Pas de) ~ 311

 

PART 1d: DANCE TEACHING ~ 312

The necessity of lessons ~ 313

Good and bad teaching ~ 319

Bad teaching ~ 319

Good teaching ~ 321

The Vocation ~ 327

In England and Ireland ~ 327

In Scotland ~ 328

In Ireland ~ 330

In Europe ~ 330

In America ~ 331

Publications ~ 337

Notations systems ~ 340

Feuillet cut-down system ~ 340

De la Cuisse’s system ~ 345

Magri’s system ~ 353

Bacquoy-Guédon’s system ~ 354

Guillaume and Dubois’ system ~ 355

Directing figures ~ 356

Choosing figures ~ 356

Calling figures ~ 358

Anonymous and collected works ~ 360

Anonymous manuscripts ~ 360

Dance sections inside other works ~ 361

Anonymous or publisher collections from London ~ 361

Anonymous or publisher collections from Paris, Vienna, Dublin and America ~ 363

Authors and their works ~ 364

A.D. ~ 364

Bacquoy-Guédon ~ 364

Becker ~ 365

Bishop ~ 366

Bleßmann ~ 366

Brives ~ 366

Budd ~ 367

Cahusac ~ 367

Campbell ~ 368

Chesterfield ~ 369

Compan ~ 369

D’Auternaux ~ 370

De La Cuisse ~ 370

Delpêch ~ 371

Dubois ~ 371

Dukes ~ 372

Feldtenstein ~ 372

Fishar ~ 372

Fraisier~ 373

Friske ~ 373

Gallini ~ 374

Gardiner ~ 375

Gautier ~ 375

Gherardi ~ 376

Griffiths ~ 376

Guillaume ~ 377

Guillemin ~ 377

Hänsel ~ 377

Hullin~ 378

Hurst ~ 378

Iza Zamácola ~ 378

Jones ~ 379

Landrin ~ 379

Lange ~ 380

Laurent ~ 380

Link ~ 381

Old Master of Ceremonies ~ 381

Magny ~ 382

Magri ~ 382

Malpied ~ 382

Markordt ~ 383

Marset ~ 384

Minguet é Irol ~ 384

Pantezze ~ 385

Petersen ~ 385

Sancho ~ 385

Schmiedt ~ 386

Thompson ~ 386

Weis ~ 388

Werner ~ 388

Willcox ~ 388

Willsim ~ 389

Winterschmid ~ 389



Part 2a: Dances in detail A-L   (Book 18)

Adonis ~ 6

Ah Ça Ira (1) ~ 17

Allemande (3) ~ 20

Allemande (4) ~ 30

Allemande à trois ~ 46

Allemande du Devin de Village ~ 58

Allemande Suisse ~ 62

Always Drunk and Never Sober (2) ~ 66

Aly Grogan & Round O ~ 69

Anglaise de chez l’embassadeur (1) ~ 76

Anglaise de chez l’embassadeur (2) ~ 78

Anglaise de la Reine (1) ~ 80

Anglaise de la Reine (2) ~ 82

Anglaise de la Rhein (3) ~ 85

Anglaise de la Reine (4) ~ 87

Auretti’s Dutch Skipper (1) ~ 89

Auretti’s Dutch Skipper (2) ~ 91

Barley Mow ~ 93

La Baroque ~ 95

La Belle Alliance ~ 97

Le Belle Assemble ~ 100

Les Belles Filles de Norwich ~ 103

Bevis Mount ~ 106

La Bionni ~ 108

The Bishop ~ 115

The Black Dance (1) ~ 117

The Black Dance (2) ~ 119

La Bonne Amitié ~ 123

Le Bois de Boulogne ~ 125

Blessmann’s Englischer Tanz nr.1 ~ 128

Blessmann’s Englischer Tanz nr.2 ~ 133

Blessmann’s Englischer Tanz nr.3 ~ 136

Bonny Lass of our Town ~ 140

La Boulangère (1) ~ 142

La Bouquette ~ 147

The British Amusements ~ 149

Der Canontanz ~ 152

Carillon (1) / Der Carillon ~ 158

Carillon National ~ 170

The Changing ~ 174

La Chasse d’Amour ~ 176

Cockney’s Frolic ~ 179

La Cométe ~ 181

The Comical Fellow ~ 183

Congo Minuet ~ 185

The Cossack ~ 201

Country Bumpkin (1) ~ 204

Daniel Cowper (2a&b) / Daniel Cooper ~ 217

Douze ~ 223

The Dusky Night ~ 227

L’Été / La Polimnie ~ 228

The Fair Maid of the Inn ~ 231

The Fandango ~ 232

Feldtenstein’s no. 4 ~ 234

Feldtenstein’s no. 5 ~ 236

Feldtenstein’s No. 6 ~ 238

Fête Champêtre ~ 240

La Folie ou le Goût du Siècle ~ 242

The Fourth of June ~ 248

La Fricassée (1) ~ 251

La Fricassée (2) ~ 255

Fricke’s no.1 ~ 259

La Fuiarde ~ 262

Galopade (1a & b) ~ 264

The Hanoverian Waltz ~ 271

The Happy Captive ~ 273

The Irish Washer Woman ~ 275

Le Jardin Enchanté ~ 277

La Jesuite, or, the Jesuit ~ 281

Le Jeu des quatre coins ~ 285

Les Jolis Garçons ~ 288

Lasses of Portsmouth ~ 292

Leather Lake House ~ 294

Link’s Englischer Contre-Tanz no. 2 ~ 297

Link’s Englischer Contre-Tanz no. 4 ~ 299

Linnen Hall ~ 302

Lord Nelson’s Waltz ~ 304



Part 2b: Dances in detail M-Z   (Book 19)

The Macaroni ~ 6

Magri’s contradanza I ~ 8

Magri’s contradanza II ~ 10

Magri’s contradanza no. VIII ~ 13

Magri’s contradanza no. XVI ~ 15

Magri’s contradanza no. XXIX ~ 17

Magri’s contradanza XXXVIII ~ 19

La Maison du Bois ~ 28

Marset’s no.1 / The Baulk (2) ~ 30

Marset’s no.2 ~ 33

La Méditation des Chinois ~ 36

Menuet de la cour (1) ~ 44

La Mignonette ~ 69

Minuet (2) ~ 73

Miss Bland’s Allemande ~ 119

Money Musk (1) ~ 121

La Musette ~ 125

Mutual Love ~ 127

New Christmas Eve ~ 129

The New German Waltz (1) & (2) ~ 133

New Twelfth Night ~ 137

Les Ombres Chinois ~ 142

Opera Reel (1) 145

Le Palais de l’amour ~ 147

Les Pantalons / L’Élisé ~ 150

La Perigourdine ~ 154

Petersen’s Englischer Tanz no. 5 ~ 161

Petersen’s Englischer Tanz no.9 ~ 165

Les Plaisirs de la Jeunesse ~ 167

Pleasures of the Town (1a&b) ~ 171

Polonaise (1) / The Polish dance ~ 173

Polonaise (2) / Neu Figurirte Polonoise ~ 179

La Pontlevoy ~ 184

La Pouvoir de la Beauté ~ 189

Der Prager-Student / Student of Prague ~ 192

Le Prince de Galles ~ 200

Prince of Wales’ Cotillion ~ 203

The Princess of Wales’s Waltz ~ 206

The Prussian Camp ~ 208

Le Quadrille ~ 210

Les Quadrilles ~ 216

Les Quatre Berceaux ~ 225

Les Quatre Nymphes (1) ~ 231

Les Quatre Nymphes (2) ~ 235

Les Quatre Saisons ~ 238

La Réverbère ~ 240

Rigadoon (3) / Rigodon ~ 244

La Riswic ~ 252

Ruffs and Rhees ~ 254

The Savage Dance ~ 256

Schmiedt’s Angloise No.1 ~ 258

Schmiedt’s Quadrille No.1 ~ 260

Scotch Lilt ~ 264

A School for Scandal ~ 266

Shrewsbury Lasses ~ 268

Soldier’s Joy (1a&b) ~ 270

La Strasbourgeoise (1) ~ 272

La Strasbourgeoise (2) ~ 276

Strawberries and Cream (3) ~ 282

Sun Assembly ~ 284

The Touchstone ~ 287

Le Tourbillon ~ 288

Les Triangles ~ 290

A Trip to Highgate ~ 295

The Triumph (1a) ~ 296

La Voltaire et la Franklein ~ 299

Von einem Böhmen no.1 ~ 303

Von einem Böhmen no.2 ~ 305

Von einem Böhmen no.9 ~ 307

Wakefield Hunt ~ 311

Waltz (on a fan) ~ 313

Wednesday Night ~ 315

Wernigeröder Englischer Tanz nom. 19 ~ 316

La Windsor ~ 319

The Wish ~ 324

The Young Widow ~ 326

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