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Historical Dance
 
Farandol
is possibly the earliest dance of which there is any kind of record, being depicted in paintings as early as the 1300's. It is a very sociable dance and brought communities together in dance, as it is a dance for 'as many as will'. Although simple in steps, it used arm patterns that influenced every dance that followed, including many of todays couple dances.
 
Pavane
is reputed to have been introduced in England by Katherine of Aragon to the court of Henry V111 in 1501. It is a processional couple dance used particularly for court occasions and so has a high degree of grandeur in it's style. It is the earliest known dance to incorporate the use of 'rise and fall' in the action of the characteristic action of the dance.
 
Galliard
The most lively of all Historical dances and repueted to be the favourite dance of Queen Elizabeth 1st. It is also a dance specifically mentioned in Shakespeare. Danced by couples, it contains a 'call and response' element, or 'mirroring' element in the steps, in which the male partner dances a step and the female partner responds. The style of Galliard popular in the English court differed from the style danced in Italy - which beautifully represented, the dance element of the great period of the Italian Rennassance.
 
Volta
Another energetic dance reputed to have been very popular with Queen Elisabeth 1st.
It was considered a scandalous dance due to the famous 'lift' that is so symbolic of La Volta. The Volta lift became so popular, that eventually was incorporated into other dance rhythms of the period. The name survives today as the name of a step and the lift is also still used extensively in modern day dance shows.