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1.The renaissance: This era was approximately between 1300-1600, a period of rebirth for the arts. Classical views on art were rejected from the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Dancers were required to be trained in court dances, which could last for hours, and there was a great involvement encouraged by the audience. “Geometrical dance was thus clearly an expression of Renaissance Neo-Platonism.” (Franko 198) Court ballets were documented in manuscripts where we are able to see a geometric outline of the dances. “The last reference to reading in Dorat’s “Chopreantmpharum” suggests bodies forming letters or words: “plures nulla tebella notas” Here, we come upon the unique nature of dance textually” (195) The costumes contributed to how the dances were formed because of the restricting dress. Dresses were full and corsets were tight which did not allow much movement from the woman, thus making it more gestural rather than full body; the feet never left the ground and remained simple. In this era, humanity was seen as God’s greatest creation. Humanists celebrated their own creative spirit and were highlighted through court dances and balls. The baroque: Related to the Enlightenment, here we see a change in dance to freer way of moving. Costumes served to be more function by eliminating layers and length where the hips were exaggerated and the front and back remained flat compared to a fuller skirt from the renaissance. Dance begins to become a medium to express dramatic emotions and qualities. We start to see a rise of dance as a profession, “Although professional dancers had initially been introduced into the court ballet to perform grotesque or acrobatic dances—those that were below a nobleman’s dignity or above his level of proficiency—the court ballet’s dependency on processionals waxed rather than waned with time, and professional dancers were much in demand.” (Au

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