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Re: Dancing Masters/Choreographers?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2417  Tuesday, 17 December 2002

From:           Erika Lin <
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Date:           Thursday, 12 Dec 2002 14:45:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 13.2411 Dancing Masters/Choreographers?
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2411 Dancing Masters/Choreographers?

| I'm looking for more information on dancing masters in Shakespeare's
| time or others who might have choreographed dances for the plays.

Since dancing masters were paid very large sums of money, it seems
unlikely to me that Shakespeare's company would have hired them to
choreograph the dances for the plays, but if anyone has information
otherwise, please send the citations along.

| On a side note, there's a painting that's commonly referred to as
Queen
| Elizabeth dancing La Volta with the Earl of Leicester or sometimes
| Essex. (http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Portal/6975/volta.jpg) Is it
| indeed Elizabeth? I've heard rumors that this was has been contested,
| but can't find confirmation.

Skiles Howard's _The Politics of Courtly Dancing in Early Modern
England_ (Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1998) mentions this on p. 56
and in note 42 on p. 177.

I hope this helps!

Best,
Erika Lin

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