The Interplay of Professional and Amateur Dancers in Early Modern Festivals

Special Lecture by Professor Margaret McGowan

Professor Margaret McGowan is a noted dance historian and historian of early modern France, one of the first scholars to focus on the history of dance, in particular in the late Renaissance and the fin-de-siècle period at the end of the 19th century. Author of nearly a dozen books, she has published over eighty articles and book chapters. She won the Wolfson Prize for her book “Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession“.

In this special lecture, she will try to represent the different forms of dance and of the dancing skills of amateur dancers and of professionals. She will show how techniques evolved during the Early Modern Period, and how and why the role of professional dancers became more and more significant.

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