How To Dance Through Time, Volume III

The Majesty of Renaissance Dance

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With the third volume of How to Dance Through Time, learn many aspects of Italian Renaissance dance by practicing one famous dance suite, Nido d’Amore (Nest of Love). The suite’s four parts comprise a romantic, episodic story of a couple’s courtship and reveal universal love themes. In The Majesty of Renaissance dance, Carol Téten leads dancers through the four parts of the Nido d’Amore. The suite, typically performed and viewed by Italian Aristocracy, begins with a refined introduction (The Opening), explodes with energetic jumps into a male display of bravado (The Galliard), builds to mutual ecstasy (The Saltarello), and culminates in a statement of strong individualism (The Canary).Concise instructions and historical background help today’s dancers create romantic expressions in yesterday’s dance language.Professional dancers demonstrate in period undergarments, which show the feet and allow viewers to learn the steps more easily. A final performance is in full period costume. Most people who buy this DVD also buy the Companion CD. With 40 years of experience teaching and performing dance, Carol Téten provides clear instructions and entertaining context. Volume III is recommended for people with basic dance experience.

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by Catherine Sim

DVD Run Time: 40 minutes

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Each of the tapes provides very explicit and detailed instructions for each step and dance. Each step is shown front and back, fast and slow, without and with music. Library Journal
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As with all videos in the How to Dance Through Time series, the dances in Volume III are introduced with a concise, historical overview and illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. The steps were carefully researched from period manuscripts and are representations of historical dances. Close up and slow motion views make learning the moves simple and fun.

Dance historian and choreographer Carol Téten is an engaging presence in the series, providing historical context and calling out dance instructions as professional dancers demonstrate. Following each instructional section, dancers from the Dance Through Time company perform with authentic music and fashions of the era.

Program: Volume III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance Suite

Nido d’Amore (The Nest of Love)

Nido d’Amore (suite in 4 sections)
Galliard (Gagliarda)
Canary (Canari)

Carol Téten

Mario Marchiaro
Tatiana A’Virmond

Nido D’Amore from Marco Fabrizio Caroso’s Nobilta’ di Dame 1600.
Renaissonics: Director, John Tyson
Douglas Freundlich, lute
James Johnston, violin
Reinmar Seidler, cello
Jacqueline Schwab, virginal
John Tyson, recorder

Most people who buy this DVD also buy the Companion CD.

HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME: VOLUME III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance


6 DVD Set  – HOW TO DANCE THROUGH TIME: Volumes 1 – 6 


Each of the tapes provides very explicit and detailed instructions for each step and dance. Each step is shown front and back, fast and slow, without and with music. The steps are then built into entire dances. Finally the completed dances are shown in full with authentic period costuming and music. These tapes will be of primary interest to instructional dance collections and those concerned with dance and social history. Library Journal

These instructional videos will be invaluable to choreographers who create dances for period films or for cotillions and charity balls. They preserve the art form and provide the story of the cultural phenomenon, thus making a perfect addition to dance, design, and anthropological libraries. Dance on Camera Journal

Once again guided by Carol Téten, who provides enlightened historical and sociological background, we learn that dancing was a basic, important social skill of all nobility and upper classes…recommended for intermediate to advanced dancers and historical collections. Video Librarian

Renaissance Dance focuses on the skills needed by members of the Italian aristocracy in ‘a world of social movement, expression and behavior’. Catholic Library Journal

The subtlety and elegance of the Renaissance and Baroque periods are aptly portrayed in these newest volumes in the How to Dance Through Time titles. Booklist

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