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Brives "Menuet Congo" (1779) is the earliest of the three documented congo minuets.  In the timing of the steps, Brives departs from the earlier Baroque style. He places the plié or bend on the downbeat, whereas earlier dance masters like Rameau has the dancer rise on the downbeat.











Want to know what Argentine Tango might have l ooked like 100 years ago?  We have been working our way through the 1916 dance manual "El Tango Argentino de Salón" by Nicanor Lima of Argentina.  Our plan is to make a series of video demonstrating the steps and styling.  Here is the first.








In fall 2015, we reconstructed the "Minuet d'Hyger" from The Extraordinary Dance Book TB 1826, an anonymous manuscript held in a New Zealand library. It's interesting in that it is the latest of three documented "congo minuets"---dances for a solo couple that have the form of a classical minuet but are done with contre-danse steps in duple meter. It's also our first posting in regency costume.



Here are a trio of late Renaissance dances by the most well-known Italian dance masters of the time.  








"Nido d'Amore" means "Love Nest." It tells the story of a relationship from the initial formal meeting (pavaniglia), through flamboyant courtship (galliarde) and playful newly-wed period (saltarello), to the conflicts and resolutions of a mature relationship (canari).  We hope you enjoy this mini-drama from Fabritio Caroso's Nobilitá di Dame (1600).
















"Ardente Sole", from the book Il Ballarino by Fabritio Caroso (1581), is a type of dance called passo e mezzo, where the dance steps are essentially variations on the pavan and the music consists of variations over a repeated chord sequence. We learned this dance from our New England friend Susan de Guardiola.




















"So Ben Mi Chi Ha Bon Tempo" may be translated "I know who's having a good time!"  It is a balletto from Le Gratie d'Amore by Cesare Negri (1602). Parts 1 and 3 (in duple meter) are based on pavan steps; part 2 (in triple meter for the same tune) is a galliard.  We learned this from Julia Sutton's video, Il Ballarino.




















We found this Ragtime Hesitation Waltz in Volume II of the series How to Dance Through Time by Carol Teten.  We loved its simple elegance and wanted to make our own video of it.












Morgenblatter Waltz




The Morgenblätter Waltz, with music by Johann Strauss, Jr., and choreography by Jason Bonuš, is one of our favorite dances.



















This is a Charleston we performed with Lexington Vintage Dance at the public library in Corbin, Ky.
The tune is "Steamboat Stomp" and the choreography is by Joan Walton.

Charleston



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