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Dancetime: Renaissance Dance, Vol. 3

  NR Closed Captioning

Carol Teten

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About the Movie

How To Dance Through Time, Volume III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance is the third in the series of How To Dance Through Time instructional films. This film shows the intricacies of a 16th century Italian court dance suite, which reveals illuminating courtship rituals of the high Renaissance aristocracy. The dance, Nido d’Amore (The Nest of Love) exposes the techniques for all the major dance suites of the era. The refined introduction (The Opening) represents a proper meeting. The second section (The Galliard) allows the man to show off for the woman by a male virtuoso display. The third section (The Saltarello); shows the couple in mutual ecstasy. The final section (The Canary) shows the ongoing individualism that exists in all relationships. Professional dancers demonstrate the dance suite with detailed step precision and careful instructions. As with all videos in the How to Dance Through Time series, the dances are introduced with a concise, historical overview and illustrated with authentic photographs and drawings. The steps were carefully researched from period manuscripts and are recreations 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.