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That breakdance was insane!


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But of course! :D

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Those videos are very helpful, a great reference when I throw my 30th birthday Rococo masquerade ball. Though I find those dances very enchanting, my husband on the otherside, wouldn't budge a square inch for ballroom dancing as such even though he's into the 18th century as well. He's not too coordinated with his feet. I've learned something similar to this in junior high in my music class. I enjoyed it, not so much my classmates.

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Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:22 pm
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Huzzah! I found more videos! I like the ladie's outift in the entree des Bacchantes. Please enjoy. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6ktE4_nmew

Here is another one it is called Entree de Saturne!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzrCokwcMIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dYvX6IxkIM

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they are really nice :biggrin:

reine :angel6:


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I wish I could dance like that! I wish dancing like these videos was accepted by society and then the clusminess (except for break dancing)would be discarded in favor of baroque and rococo dance.

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Thank you Hellou for finding these!
Baroque Dance: Passacaille from Mozart's "Idomeneo" – Perfect harmony.
I have always wanted to learn how to dance some classic dances but I couldn’t find anyone to join me. One day I’ll go alone to dancing classes if I have to.

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If anyone has the opportunity, you should see the New York Baroque Dance Company perform.

www.nybaroquedance.org/

Sometimes, they also give lessons before the performances. (Alas! I was not very good at the minuet!)


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I was flipping channels a couple of nights ago and stumbled on Gluck's "Orfeo ed Eurydice" by the NY Metropolitan Opera on PBS. When it got to the final ballet, the usual "Love triumphs" theme, the choreography was modern and the "costumes" were street clothes. Normally, I would, without actually seeing such a staging, be closed minded, but it was enchanting. I lean toward authenticity (however close we think we can get), but this opened me up to possibilities of reviving more 18th Century operas and ballets with this sort of creativity. If it will get the music played, and enlivened with dance (don't stop concert revivals, though), then I'm all for it. The ballet music of the period that I have heard, and found in my little keyboard transcriptions, is so expressive and "physical" that one can't help but want to dance to it - even in T-shirts and tennis shoes, the music will guide your movements. And they will be elegant, like an aria sung in the shower, but we will believe! (Signed: "Yet again, late to the party" - and happy to be here.)


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It sounds charming! I also agree with you, in that I think that creative rearrangements, with modern costumes or so, can be made only they're really good. I'm not prejudiced against them, but I think they must have a very strong vision at their basis; otherwise, I also incline toward autenticity.

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As far as having to learn these dances, as a part of a gentleman's polishing for release in polite society, it came no more easily to them than it does today (the comment I read earlier by one member who tried with difficulty the steps of a minuet should hardly feel chagrined). Louis himself was vexed and tormented by this business, and one can imagine that he was not a very graceful dancer. In reading anecdotes on the subject of social dancing, many students could only dance to the tunes that were used when they were taught. So, perhaps, the "popularity" of some rather unremarkable minuets that became famous (Fischer's and Exaudet's) may be owing to the wide exposure these tunes had in the dancing master's classroom.


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I cam figure it! When it comes to dancing, a lot of guys are really clumsy :lol: It had to be difficult for them, to learn how to move gracefully...Well, I think it would be great if men had to learn dancing as a part of their education even today! It would be fun (and would make them true gentlemen :wink: )

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