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How To: Do a nineteenth-century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance.

How To: Perform "Tatta Adavu" in Indian Bharatanatyam dance

In Bharatanatyam, the word "Tatta" literally means "to tap". "Adavu" is translated as foot work, but "adavu" is not a presentation limited to usage of the the feet. Every single limb of the body is coordinated in a certain style. In this traditional Indian dance how to video, we are taught the Bharatanatyam way of leg tapping. This "adavu" involves only the use of legs unlike most other "adavus."

How To: Dance the Washington Post Two Step

The two-step is a step found in many folk dances, and in various other dances. The Washington Post Two Step is a 19th Century name originating in the USA. It is similar to the traditional two-step dance but slowed down and a bit jumpier. This video is only a demonstration, and unfortunately it does not give step by step instructions.

How To: Dance the Sarabande from "La Bourgogne"

This is a great demonstration of a Baroque era dance. This dance originated from Central America in the 16th Century, and worked its way to Europe. However, the dance transformed into a slower, European style dance as it was brought overseas. This video is for the man's part of the dance. This demonstration unfortunately does not give step by step instructions on how to learn the dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a German cotillon dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German dance, also known as cotillon, German cotillon, "Blind Man's Buff," Le Colin Maillard,...

How To: Learn the basics of Irish dance

In this video, we learn the basics of Irish dance. First, you need to tie your shoes onto you tightly, then make a cross and go underneath your foot with the strings. You will see a lot of pointing with the toes when you are dancing, and you should never be able to see in between the legs. Your arms should be right by your side and not flared out. When you lift, bring the other right in front of it immediately. Another popular movement is to do a skip with a hop and a jump in between. After y...

How To: Do a cinq pas de la gaillarde basic galliard dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a cinq pas de la gaillarde dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a Renaissance Cinq pas de la gaillarde, or basic galliard step dance.

How To: Dance an Italian Renaissance seguito ordinario dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional Italian moves, dancing a seguito ordinario, trabuchetto grave, seguito spezatto and destice dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a seguito ordinario, trabuchetto grave, seguito spezatto and destice Ita...

How To: Do a conversion while dancing the Renaissance pavane

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a conversion for the pavane or pavan dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a covnersion while dancing the pavane or pavan dance.

How To: Do a Renaissance cinq pas de la gaillarde dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a cinq pas de la gaillarde dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a Renaissance Cinq pas de la gaillarde, or basic galliard step dance.

How To: Dance a nineteenth-century Waltz&Loomis' Glide Mazurka

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Waltz and Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz and Loomis' Glide Mazurka dance.

How To: Do Afro-Cuban dance

In this instructional video series, our expert will show you the basics of Afro-Cuban dance by teaching basic steps, giving pointers on special moves and techniques as well as history on the origins of Afro-Cuban dance and the music and musical instruments that accompany it.

How To: Perform the basic galliard step

This video given by the Library of Congress gives you a great demonstration on the galliard step. This classical Renaissance dance was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I of England. However this video does not give you step by step instructions on how to learn this dance, but a first rate demonstration of the galliard dance.

How To: Dance the lindy hop

If you've never heard what the lindy hop was, you would probably think it's some interesting type of candy. In fact, it's actually a dance that is based on the popular charleston and was popular during the 1930s and 40s. The dance have a triple step and a rock step incorporated in them. So see if you have what it takes to learn this dance from professional instructor Nina Ortega. Good luck, practice, and enjoy!

How To: Do a Baroque bourée from "La Savoye" dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Baroque dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a bourée from "La Savoye" dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a Baroque bourée from "La Savoye" dance.

How To: Dance a Baroque pas de bourée, coupé glissé,& ouverte

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Baroque dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing pas de bourée, coupé glissé, and coupé ouvert dances. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do Baroque pas de bourée, coupé glissé, and coupé ouverte dances.

How To: Do a Renaissance autres cinq pas galliard dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing an autres cinq pas dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do an autres cinq pas or galliard variation dance.

How To: Do a pas simple for dancing the Renaissance branle

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a pas simple for the branle dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a pas simple for doing the Branle dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century German cotillon Fan dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing German cotillon Fan dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century German cotillon Fan dance, or L'Èventail.

How To: Do a late nineteenth century Waltz cotillon dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Eugenie and Waltz cotillon dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century "The Eugenie" and Waltz Cotillion, also known as Waltz Quadrille.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century Waltz dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Waltz dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Waltz dance.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century Star Schottische dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this traditional dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a late nineteenth-century Star Scottische dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth-century Star Scottische Durat dance.

How To: Irish step dance

In this instructional video dance lesson, our expert will explain the basic stances of Irish Step dance. Additionally, you will get to see a wide variety of moves and combos demonstrated, complete with tips and suggestions for your own routines. Learn how to dazzle a crowd with your Hop Step move and when its time to use a Rock move. This series is a basic introduction to Irish step dancing for novices and beginners.

How To: Galliard

This video gives you a demonstration of the galliard dance. The gilliard is an improvised dance, and in this video you can see different variations of it put together into one dance. This video is not a how-to, yet a demonstration, and that is the reason for the low WonderGrade. However, this video does give a great example on how to dance the galliard.

How To: Eleven-step galliard

In this lovely demonstration of the eleven-step galliard variation from the Library of Congress, one can see how to do perform one of the many variations of the galliard. This demonstrational video, unfortunately not a instructional/how-to video, gives a wonderful example of this specific variation. The galliard is global and classical dance from the renaissance period.

How To: Do an Italian Renaissance continenza grave dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional Italian moves, dancing a continenza grave, seguito ordinario, and seguito spezatto dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a continenza grave, seguito ordinario, and seguito spezatto Italian dance.

How To: Do Italian Renaissance seguito dances

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Renaissance dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional Italian moves, dancing a seguito ordinario, fioretto ordinario, seguito spezatto, and saffice dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a seguito ordinario, fioretto ordinario, seguito spezatto, and saffice...

How To: Do an early nineteenth century march step, bow&curtsy

The Library of Congress video archives brings this early nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a march step, bow, and curtsy. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do an early nineteenth century march step, bow, and curtsy.

How To: Do a nineteenth-century step combination for quadrille

The Library of Congress video archives brings this early nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Quadrille combination step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do an early nineteenth century Quadrille step combination for figures balancé and tour de mains.

How To: Dance a nineteenth-century Washington post two step

The Library of Congress video archives brings this late nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Washington post two step dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a late nineteenth century Washington post two step dance.

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Schottisch dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this mid-nineteenth century dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a Schottisch dance. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a mid-nineteenth century Schottisch dance, also known as a schotisch or schottische.

How To: Dance a one step variation of the ragtime

The Library of Congress video archives brings this ragtime dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a one step variation of the ragtime. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video dance tutorial and learn how to do a one step variation of the ragtime.

How To: Irish Step dance at an intermediate level

In these instructional video dance lessons, our expert will demonstrate intermediate-level Irish step dances, including treble shuffles, cuts, kicks, and hop moves, as well as combination clicks and stamps. Additionally, you will learn how to do the butterfly combo, complete with tips and suggestions for your own practice routines.

How To: Do a Baroque pas de menuet de deux mouvements dance

The Library of Congress video archives brings this Baroque dance lesson demonstration. Follow along with the performers as they show off their traditional moves, dancing a pas de menuet de deux mouvements. It might take a bit of dance practice, but grab your partner, put on some music, and follow the steps. Watch this video traditional dance tutorial and learn how to do a Baroque pas de menuet de deux mouvements or minuet step of two movements dance.