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Baroque Basics DVD
Have you ever wondered how to do a minuet step? Or how the step fits with the
music? When Bach and Handel were composing, what kinds of steps were being
performed to bourées, gavottes and sarabandes? To answer these and other
questions, this instructional DVD teaches you some of the fundamental steps of
the Baroque dance technique.Developed during the reign of Louis XIV of
France, Baroque dance had a symbiotic relationship with the music.
Experimentations in music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, composer for Louis XIV, were
matched by daring innovations in dance technique. Dancing was an essential part
of glittering court life, reflected by the proliferation of dance notations that
circulated throughout Europe during the early eighteenth century.DVD
Running time 78 minutes.
- Historical Overview with original images
- Clear instruction and demonstration of some of the basic Baroque steps
- Explanation of the tempi and expression of selected musical forms, including
the minuet, from both a dancer's and a musician's perspective
- Performance of choreographies reconstructed from early dance notations,
performed in costume and accompanied by period instruments
- Bonus Feature: The Historical BrainDance Warm-up. A great way to
focus and invigorate the mind and the body!