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Synonyms for dancing-master

a professional teacher of dancing

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The basic formula for a dance is described by Pierre Rameau, dancing master and author of The Dancing-Master: or, The Art of Dancing Explained (1728), where he warns that it would be a "Breach of good Manners" not to "make your Honours before Dancing: And after you have danced, ...
Recent work by Paul Dennant has revealed that the tune was also included in the rare sixth volume of Walsh's The Compleat Country Dancing-Master (c.
Eleda and Adele suffer their romances, too, but life becomes much more interesting when a dancing-master and his apprentice set up shop in the inn, giving lessons to paying customers in preparation for the Summermoon festivities.
Every Drawer or Embroider, nay, (almost) each Dancing-Master, (my emphasis) may pretend to such niceties."(5) As far as Plat was concerned both choreographers and garden designers created artefacts which were constructed according to the same design principles.
Beyond that, much of what has been written about the Priest family, and Josias in particular, poses problems of interpretation which seem to boil down to two key questions: was Josias Priest the dancing-master the same person as Joseph Priest the choreographer, and how did the rest of the family stand in relation to the activities of Josias and Joseph?
The parish records of St Andrew Holborn, as well as noting Josias Priest, also refer to a dancing-master named George Priest and Katherine his wife who lived in the parish between about 1678 and the 1690s.(10) They resided at Bartlett Court on the south side of Holborn Hill, just east of Fetter Lane.
Also in Holborn, Josias's son Thomas, born at the house in Fetter Lane, and baptized 12 March 1670/71, became a dancing-master, removed to Chelsea at much the same time as his parents, and lived near them until his wife died in childbirth in March 1709/10 and he either moved away from Chelsea or possibly moved in with Josias and Franck.
The notated dance is the Minuet by Mr Preist for 12 ladies, which was published by Edmund Pemberton in 1711 as part of a series of figured minuets and jigs for between three and 12 dancers.(27) All were devised by respected London dancing-masters, several of whom had been in the business for some 20 or 30 years.(28) Josias Priest (if it was he) fits well into this group: he was well known as a teacher; he was of the right age group and indeed might have recently retired in 1711; he was precisely the sort of dancing-master to have composed a dance for 12 young ladies at Chelsea; and he appears (as do all the other contributors) in the subscription list to Pemberton's volume.
The careful distinction of wording between `[title of music] by...' and `Dance compos'd by...' throughout the collection suggests that Thomas wrote the music rather than devised the dances in the examples attributed to him, but since he was also known as a dancing-master (his name appears among the `List of Dancing-Masters' subscribing to John Weaver's Collection of Ball-Dances ...
First, modern writers have nearly all made the assumption that Joseph was Josias.(1) (And a few are beginning to make the even more precarious assumption that any late Stuart dancing-master named Priest must be Josias.) There is a genuine problem in deciding exactly what late 17th-century abbreviated names stand for, as the writers at the time were not always consistent.
If so, he enjoyed a lengthy career beginning at least in 1667 with a performance with Moll Davies in Sir Martin Mar-All and a subsequent involvement in the court masque Calisto in 1675; he taught dance in Holborn and Leicester Fields during the 1670s; in 1680 he moved to Chelsea, where he put on performances of operas for Blow and Purcell, for at least some of which he might have made the dances, and also produced choreographies for productions in the commercial theatre; in 1699 he himself danced in Clarke's Island Princess at Drury Lane, and continued a respected dancing-master until his retirement some time between C-1711 and his death in 1735, when he must have been in his 80s.
(28) BDA makes no mention of Pemberton's Essay, nor of any of the eight contributors to its first section apart from Messrs Couch, Hickford and Holt (as proprietors of Dancing Rooms in which concerts were held) and Mr Prince (as a theatre performer and dancing-master).
IT has long been assumed, and frequently stated in print, that one of the leading dancing-masters of late 17th-century London was Josias Priest of Chelsea, choreographer of Henry Purcell's semi-operas and of masques and other staged works by his contemporaries.
One of the most exciting sources for 18th-century theatre dance to come to light recently is the manuscript workbook of the dancing-master Kellom Tomlinson, discovered among private papers in New Zealand.
William Lawes and Simon Ives were the main composers here, but there were others, including the two French dancing-masters 'Mr De Noe' and 'Mr Sebastian' (Etienne Nau and Sebastian La Pierre), who composed and choreographed most of the dances (though Davis Mell appears as another composer of dance-tunes in the same masque).