Dance
(3,843 words)

1. Introduction

Dance - a sequence of stylized rhythmical steps and movements performed by individuals, couples, or groups - was one of the most widespread and popular forms of nonverbal communication and public representation in the early modern period. As an indispensable component of free time and festivals of all kinds, it formed part of the everyday world of almost all ranks and groupings, in both elite and popular culture (see also e.g. Kermis…

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Busch-Salmen, Gabriele, Walther, Gerrit and Rode-Breymann, Susanne, “Dance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 27 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028649>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20151216



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