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Information: A Renaissance dance motif
The reverence (aka reverena) is not so much a step, as a bookend for a dance. The man bows to the woman, and the woman curtseys to the man. This is done at the beginning and end of each dance. The reverence was a part of every dance at court.
Weight on the R foot; L foot slightly forward, describe half circle sweeping L foot around to behind R foot.
Remove head covering and bend both knees to sit back over L leg.
Straighten R knee and then L knee to describe a vertical half-circle with the body.
Close L foot to R foot and replace head covering.
"Note that every basse danse begins by a démarche and ends with a branle."
Do you have any evidence that this first démarche was considered a reverence?
First, Toulouse's own quote (which I cited in my last message): "Note that every basse danse begins by a démarche and ends with a branle." In the choreographies the first letter is R but Toulouse explains, "And one should note that in order to understand more easily the letters that follow after the notes, for R one should understand démarche . . ."
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