Baroque dance
Baroque dance is dance of the Baroque era (roughly 1600–1750), closely linked with Baroque music, theatre and opera.
The majority of surviving choreographies from the period are English country da...
Minuet
Minuet, an influential French Baroque Court dance, is performed by professional dancers. This is an excerpt from the DVD: How To Dance Through Time Vol. 4, w...
English country dance
English Country Dance is a form of social folk dance which originated in Renaissance England, and was popular until the early 19th century in parts of Europe, the American colonies and the United Stat...
Bourrée
The bourrée (also borrèia) is a dance of French origin common in Auvergne and Biscay in Spain in the 17th century danced in quick double time, somewhat resembling the gavotte. It is also a ballet step...
Canarie (dance)
The Canary dance (known as Canario in Italian sources, Canarie in French ones) was a Renaissance dance popular all over Europe in the late 16th and early 17th century. It is mentioned in dance manuals...
Chaconne
A chaconne (/ʃəˈkɒn/; [ʃakɔn]; Spanish: chacona; Italian: ciaccona, [tʃakˈkoːna]) is a type of musical composition popular in the baroque era when it was much used as a vehicle for variation o...
Courante
The courante, corrente, coranto and corant are some of the names given to a family of triple metre dances from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era. In a Baroque dance suite an Italian or French c...
Gavotte
The gavotte (also gavot or gavote) originated as a French folk dance, taking its name from the Gavot people of the Pays de Gap region of Dauphiné, where the dance originated. It is notated in 4/4 or 2...
Gigue
The gigue (/ʒiːɡ/; [ʒiɡ]) or giga ([ˈdʒiːɡa]) is a lively baroque dance originating from the British jig. It was imported into France in the mid-17th century and usually appears at the end of a suite....
Minuet
A minuet (/ˌmɪnjuːˈɛt/; also spelled menuet), is a social dance of French origin for two people, usually in 3/4 time. The word was adapted from Italian minuetto and French menuet, possibly from the Fr...
Musette
Musette may refer to:
Passacaglia
The passacaglia (/pæsəˈkɑːliə/; [pasːaˈkaʎːa]) is a musical form that originated in early seventeenth-century Spain and is still used today by composers. It is usually of a serious character and is of...
Passepied
The passepied ([pasˈpje], "pass-foot", from a characteristic dance step) is a French court dance. Originating as a kind of Breton branle, it was adapted to courtly use in the 16th century and is found...
Rigaudon
The rigaudon (also spelled rigadon, rigadoon) is a French baroque dance with a lively duple metre. The music is similar to that of a bourrée, but the rigaudon is rhythmically simpler with regular phr...
Sarabande
The sarabande (from French sarabande, itself derived from Spanish zarabanda) is a dance in triple metre.
A dance called zarabanda is first mentioned in 1539 in Central America in the poem Vida y t...
Tambourin
The tambourin is a Provençal dance accompanied by lively duple meter music. It is so named because the music imitates a drum (tambour being a generic French term for "drum"), usually as a repetitive n...
Allemande
An allemande (allemanda, almain(e), or alman(d), French: "German (dance)") is a renaissance and baroque dance, and one of the most popular instrumental dance styles in baroque music, with notable exam...
Hornpipe
The hornpipe is any of several dance forms played and danced in Britain and elsewhere from the late 17th century until the present day. It is said that hornpipe as a dance began around the 16th centur...
Furlana
The furlana (also spelled furlane, forlane, friulana, forlana) is an Italian folk dance from the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In Friulian, furlane means Friulian, in this case Friulian Dan...
Ken Pierce
Ken Pierce is an American performer, teacher and historian of Renaissance and Baroque dance. He trained in ballet and modern dance at the American Ballet Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham studio...
Minuet step
The minuet step is the dance step performed in the dance minuet. It "is composed of four plain straight Steps or Walks, and may be performed forwards, backward, sideways, &c." (Tomlinson 1735, 103...
Les Lanciers
Les Lanciers or The Lancers is a square dance, a variant of the Quadrille, a set dance performed by four couples, particularly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is a composite dance made up o...
Monferrina

Monferrina is a lively Italian folk dance in 6/8 time named after the place of its origin, Montferrat, in the Italian region of Piedmont. It has spread from Piedmont throughout Northern Italy, in...
Galliard
The galliard (gaillarde in French; gagliarda in Italian) was a form of Renaissance dance and music popular all over Europe in the 16th century. It is mentioned in dance manuals from England, France, S...
Virginia reel (dance)
The Virginia reel is a folk dance that dates from the 17th century. Though the reel may have its origins in Scottish country dance and the Highland reel, and perhaps have an even earlier influence fro...
Contra dance
Contra dance (also contradance, contra-dance and other variant spellings) refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines or in a group of four. It has mixed ...
Roger de Coverley
Roger de (or of) Coverley (also Sir Roger de Coverley or ...Coverly) is the name of an English country dance and a Scottish country dance (also known as The Haymakers). An early version was published ...
Quadrille
Quadrille is a historic dance performed by four couples in a rectangular formation, and a precursor to traditional square dancing. It is also a style of music. A derivative found in the Francophone Le...