Masters And Choreographers

Kayla Williams & Myia Person

Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx

(1535-1587) Beaujoyeulx was an Italian musician and choreographer. He influenced dance at the French court during the 16th century . He also diminished the importance of social dances and instead created lavish royal spectacles that were used to assert the power and wealth of the King. Beaujoyeulx is best known for his five-hour spectacle Le Ballet Comique de la Reine Louise .It was an expensive court entertainment in honor of the marriage of the Duc de Joyeuse to the Queen's sister in 1581.

Representation of a Ballet before Henri III and his Court in the Gallery of the Louvre. Facimile of an Engraving on Copper of the “Ballet de la Royne” by Balthazar de Beaujoyeulx

Beaujoyeulx: Ballet comique de la reine, La petite entrée

Thoinot Arbeau

Original name was Jehan Tabourot he was born March 17, 1520 and died July 23, 1595. He was a theoretician and historian of the dance. When he was a priest, he became a canon at Langres, this is where he was encouraged to pursue his studies by the Jesuits. The Jesuits considered dance to be educationally important. He published his Orchésographie, a how-to book on popular dance in the sixteenth century. Thoinot offered advice on dancing etiquette, and strongly advocated dancing for many reasons. These reasons include health, spouse-hunting, and manly display.
Branle des chevaux (Horses Branle), Thoinot Arbeau, 1589, renaissance dance on mandolin/tenor guitar