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HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME, Volume IV shows the most influential social dances of the French Baroque Court. The Minuet, the most famous 18th century dance invention, is demonstrated with step and floor pattern detail. The complicated handholds of the picturesque Allemande, the bridge to the 19th century, are carefully delineated. The intricate patterns of the Contredance are brought to life by eight dancers. As with all the HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME videos, the dances are introduced with a concise, historical overview illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. All the steps are carefully researched from authentic period manuscripts. Each instruction shows close up views and slow motion so that easy learning is possible. Professional dancers demonstrate step details. Following the instructional section, dancers perform all the dances with the authentic music and fashions of the era. Production of the How To Dance Through Time series follows rave reviews from critics, dance experts, libraries, colleges, dance lovers, and historians who have enthusiastically embraced the two volume video set, DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance.
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Carol Téten choreographs and reconstructs social dances from the 15th Century through the 20th Century. Her research has taken her to libraries and archives throughout Europe and America. She has assembled a collection of over 1,000 rare books, manuscripts, journals, film clips and other materials. Her expertise in reading and translating a wide range of obsolete dance notation systems has enabled her to obsolete materials to life. From these materials she has reconstructed and choreographed over 100 dances, which she has woven together for DANCE THROUGH TIME, the professional dance company she founded in 1980. These dances, many previously completely inaccessible, now can be seen by a broad range of audiences, offering insight not only into the times in which the dances first appeared but also into the diverse cultural forces that shape contemporary social dance forms. During her career, Mrs. Téten has choreographed and directed DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance, A Renaissance Revel, A Baroque Salon, A 19th Century Romance, and Dancing the 20th Century. From these productions, In 1998, she founded DANCETIME PUBLICATIONS, which disseminates the knowledge gained from the years of dance experience through the media of video. The Video set "DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance" and the instructional series "How To Dance Through Time" are the offerings of her publishing company.About the Director:
Carol Téten founded DANCE THROUGH TIME in 1980 and remained Artistic Director until 1996. Based in San Francisco, California, the mission of DANCE THROUGH TIME was founded to research, preserve and perform social dances of Western culture from the 15th Century to the present; and to collect and disseminate information about historical social dance. The Company has offered performance, outreach and educational programs year-round in the San Francisco Bay Area and has toured nationally under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management Inc. from 1993-to 1996, the Company performed in 36 states, 120 cities, and before more than 150,000 people. During her career, Mrs. Téten choreographed and directed six full-length productions: DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance, A Renaissance Revel, The Baroque Salon, A 19th Century Romance, Dancing the 20th Century, and Origins of Ballet. She built hundreds of shorter productions from this core. Upon founding DANCETIME PUBLICATIONS, in 1998, she used all of her theatrical skills and knowledge to communicate through the medium of video.
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