Steps of The basse dance

This is meant as a brief summary of the steps of the basse dance. (I'm hoping that Malice will put up a more complete description later). The Institute of Historical Dance page contains a complete transcription of the instructions given in the Brussels MS.

Note that each of the five types of steps take exactly one breve of the tenor (singles always come in pairs). Thus one of these symbols corresponds to a breve of music. The basse dance is divided into measures begining with a pair of singles (except for the first measure which begins with a révérence and a bransle before the two singles) and end with a bransle. These measures of the dance should not be confused with measures of the music (which in modern notation correspond to breves in the tenor).

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