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Renaissance Europe 1300-1600: Dance

chapter two



Courtly Dance in the Early Renaissance … 61
High and Late Renaissance Courtly Dance … 66
Theatrical Dance … 70
Folk Dancing in Europe … 75


Thoinot Arbeau … 81
Fabrizio Caroso … 81
Catherine de' Medici … 82
Cesare Negri … 83


Primary sources are listed in italics
The Golden Mean (Piacenza comments on the theory and practice of dance) … 63
Feminine Modesty (Ambrosio instructs women in dancing) … 65
Behavior on the Dance Floor (Caroso gives detailed rules for dance conduct) … 67
A Perfect Union (Elyot comments on the perfection of dance as an art form) … 68
A Masque (Jonson describes the sets for The Masque of Blackness) … 74
A Plea For Rules (Arbeau discusses the practice and evolution of dance) … 76
The Evils of Dance (Lovell discusses the evil nature of dance) … 78

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