A strong connection between musician and dancer is an essential skill described in the earliest dance manuals from the 15th century. This symbiotic music-and-dance relationship continued into the 18th century, when movements of the Dance Suite described the character of music and dance from different “nations.” In this engaging class suitable for music lovers and dancers of all levels, we will actively explore the steps, figures, and rhythmic structures that embodied these 18th century ideals. Join us in an Allemande by Purcell, a Courante by Couperin, a Sarabande in the form of a Folia by Handel, and a sassy Gigue by Purcell. Add new possibilities to your performance practice, and awareness to your audience experience!
Jen Meller, dancer
Katherine Heater, harpsichord