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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: Do a late nineteenth-century Grand March 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 Grand March 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 Grand March dance, also known as The March, Polonaise, Grand Promenade, and Opening March.

How To: Dance late nineteenth-century waltz variations

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 waltz variations. 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 variation dances.

How To: Do a late nineteenth-century butterfly 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 butterfly 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 butterfly dance.

How To: Do a mid-nineteenth-century Five Step Waltz 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 Five Step 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 mid-nineteenth century Five Step Waltz, also known as Cinq Temps, Valse en Cinq Temps, or Waltze à Cinque Temps 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: 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.

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 a pas double 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 pas double 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 double for dancing the branle 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 Renaissance washerwomen's branle 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 branle des lavandieres 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 Branle des Lavandieres, or Washerwomen's Branle dance.

How To: Do a Renaissance branle des lavandieres 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 branle des lavandieres 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 Branle des Lavandieres, or Washerwomen's Branle dance.

How To: Do an early nineteenth century slow French Waltz

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 slow French 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 an early nineteenth century slow French waltz.

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 mid-nineteenth-century Three Step Waltz 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 three step 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 mid-nineteenth century waltz dance, also known as La valse à trois temps, plain waltz, waltz of three steps, new vals...

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 Waltz Minuet 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 Minuet 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 Minuet dance.

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: 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 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: 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: 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 Renaissance Branle Charlotte 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 Branle Charlotte 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 Branle Charlotte 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.