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Culture of Dance In Medieval Times

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Sophia Ford

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Dance in Medieval Times By Sophia Ford At first, dance in the Medieval era was a very reserved practice because the church played an important role in people's lives and didn't approve of dancing. eventually the church allowed some dancing to be involved in religious sermons.

Originally, Medieval dances were exclusively performed by males. As time passed and values, attitude, and beliefs were altered, there came an equal opportunity for both males and females to participate. Early Stages Dancing was usually accompanied by the drums and lute along with singing. other instruments included bells, jingles, long drums, side drums, tambourines, and timpani. Music Medieval dances represented a rich culture from all over Europe and includes many types and variations of dances. Dancing was a way for people to interact with their friends and neighbors, visitors, and family. Whenever foreign nobles came to visit a town it encouraged another opportunity to engage in a festival of food and dance. This was a way of expressing their unique culture and lifestyle in order to leave a good impression on foreigners.
Culture There are many different variations of circle dances but the general idea is that partners dance around in a circle and change partners at given times. Some circle dances have been changed slightly to dance in a straight line, while others have characterized the original dance by adding jumping and aerobic movements. Circle Dances timpani In the streets, whole villages would come together to dance during special occasions like weddings, the beginning of a new season, or the birth of a child. The noble dances were a lot more refined because the upper class disapproved of chaotic celebrations in the streets. Court Dances The Basse was the most popular, performed by two partners using slow and low movements, almost appearing to walk. other court dances involve lots of turning and interaction with other dance partners. Line Dances One common line dance was called "Prince William", and was a country dance in which you make figure eight movements around bales of hay. Some other line dances were performed to tell stories like robin hood. People dressed in character and entertained anyone willing to watch. Many line dances were meant for fun, much like "The Jig" which was popular in Ireland. A reenactment of medieval line dances Storytelling Frequently dance would have a function in telling a story. If it was a happy story, the way the dancers expressed their bodies would release a sense of joyfulness and optimism to the audience, having an affect on viewers to escape everyday problems and take their mind off things. Country Dances These Medieval dances were much like folk dances and consisted of plenty clapping and singing.
One country dance associated with Easter was called the "Egg Dance", where dancers weave inbetween the eggs and try to damage as few eggs as possible. This dance probably started out as a game invented by kids and became a tradition. The Egg Dance Ballet Also associated with country dances is ballet, which became popular in the late 1400's. It was mostly seen in European courts and had full length shows of 5 acts. Since the 1400's ballet has gone through many changes to be what it is today. 1400's Ballet Thank You For Watching!! The End village celebrations circle dances court dance reenactment modern Irish Jig medieval Irish Jig
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