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The Dancing Master - Pierre Rameau

The Dancing Master

By: Pierre Rameau, Cyril W. Beaumont (Translator)

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Published: 10th November 2011
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Pierre Rameau's Le Maitre a Danser is the standard work on the technique of eighteenth century dancing. It was first published in Paris in 1725, and bore the printed recommendation of the celebrated dancer and maitre de ballet Louis Pecour. As a guide to contemporary social etiquette in the ballroom, the dances that were in vogue, the various steps and arm movements that were in use and how they were executed, Rameau's book is an invaluable source of information. For although the eighteenth century saw the publication of a number of books on dancing which record the steps and arm movements used in contemporary dances, they do not explain how the steps were to be carried out, and this information was first made available in Le Maitre a Danser. This edition is a facsimile of the translation made by the great dance scholar and historian Cyril Beaumont, and first published by him in book form in 1931.

Of the Manner of Holding the Bodyp. 1
Of the Manner of Walking Wellp. 2
Of the Positions and their Originp. 5
Of the First Positionp. 5
Of the Second Positionp. 6
Of the Third Positionp. 9
Of the Fourth Positionp. 9
Of the Fifth Positionp. 13
Of Honours in Generalp. 13
Of the Manner of Taking off One's Hat and Putting it on Againp. 15
Of Honours of Different Kindsp. 20
Of Honours Backwardsp. 27
Of the Manner in which Ladies should Walk and Comport Themselvesp. 30
Of the Different Kinds of Honoursp. 31
Of the Honours to be Made on Entering a Room or an Assemblyp. 36
Of the Ceremonial Observed at the King's Grand Ballp. 37
Of the Manner of Behaving Genteely at Formal Ballsp. 39
Of the Manner of Making the Honours before Dancingp. 41
A Discourse on Movements in Generalp. 45
Of the Manner of Executing Demi-Coupesp. 47
Of the Pas de Menuet and the Easiest Manner of Performing it to Different Sidesp. 52
Of the Menuet and the Manner of Dancing it Correctlyp. 55
Of the Graces that may be Introduced into the Menuet and the Care that should be taken to Dance it Uniformlyp. 63
Of the Carriage of the Arms in the Menuetp. 66
Of the Contretemps of the Menuet and the Manner of Performing itp. 71
Of the Courante in Generalp. 74
Of the Temps de Courante, or Pas Gravep. 76
Of the Pas de Bourree and Fleuretp. 78
Of Coupes of Different Kindsp. 82
Of Coupes of Movementp. 84
Of the Pas Tombe and Pas de Gaillardep. 86
Of Pirouettesp. 88
Of the Balancep. 90
Of the Pas de Sissonnep. 91
Of the Pas de Rigaudonp. 93
Of Jetes, or Demi-Cabriolesp. 94
Of the Contretemps of the Gavotte, or Contretemps en avantp. 95
Of the Different Kinds of Contretemps de cotep. 96
Of Chasses of Different Kindsp. 100
Of Saillies or Pas Echappesp. 105
Of the Overture de Jambep. 106
Of Battements of Different Kindsp. 110
A Discourse on the Arms and of the Importance of Knowing how to Move them Gracefullyp. 113
Of the Position of the Arms and their Correct Elevationp. 114
Of the Different Movements of the Armsp. 116
On the Manner of Moving the Wristp. 117
Of the Movement of the Elbow and Shoulderp. 119
Of the Opposition of the Arms to the Feetp. 121
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in the Temps de Courante and Demi-Coupes en Arrierep. 124
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms with Pas de Bourree or Fleuretsp. 130
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms with Different Kinds of Coupesp. 133
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in Coupes of Movementp. 135
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in the Pas Tombe and Pas de Gaillardep. 136
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in Pirouettesp. 137
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms with Balancesp. 140
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in the Pas de Sissonnep. 140
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in Pas de Rigaudon and Jetesp. 142
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in Contretemps of the Gavottep. 143
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms with the Contretemps ouvert or Contretemps de Chaconnep. 146
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms with the Contretemps Ballonnep. 148
Of the Different Manners of Moving the Arms with all Kinds of Chassesp. 149
Of the Manner of Moving the Arms in Saillies or Pas Echappesp. 150
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ISBN: 9781852730925
ISBN-10: 1852730927
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 10th November 2011
Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 0.94
Weight (kg): 0.25