The Baroque Of Baroque Dance

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Baroque dance was a particularly important process in the evolution of ballet. There are many influences that are part of the process, such as the why baroque was created and the purpose that baroque dancing served in cultural context. There was an important shift in history that engaged people to want to move and it is an important subject to be studied. Baroque dance was quite different from the social dancing we experience today. There are different layers to baroque dance and different contributors that created a historical permanence in the ballet genre we learn today. This will be an in-depth observation of the baroque era with several different subjects of the era’s spectrum. Baroque, its definition and relation to politics and…show more content…
Even while the events took place, guests would be invited to dance depending on their “rank”. The king and queen would participate in minute dancing and it is as literal as it sounds. The king and queen would dance for a literal minute before the queen would dance with the princes’ and then the princes would move on to dance with the princesses all before then bowing to the king (Kassing 109-110). There was structure, strict structure at that, and all though this is a subtle structure to the baroque era, it is this structure that is related to the art of ballet we study today. Part of what made the baroque era a defined art was its intensity of aristocrat power, “…the Baroque approach was likely to exhibit some combination of power, massiveness, or dramatic intensity, embellished with pageantry, color, and theatrical adventure” (Guisepi). Reflecting on these words, it makes sense why the ballet we train for today has a certain stoic technique. Ballet was conceived in a royal context. Yes, it was more clearly developed in later eras, but the baroque era was the seed of such intentional technique. Ballet has grown to be a very intense performance with a strict technique and it is still associated as one of the most important, if not the most important, genre to be taught. Especially since it is the base of many other dance techniques. Again, these social
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