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date: 24 April 2019

dance notation 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
Author(s):

Debra Craine,

Judith Mackrell

Dance only acquired a fully comprehensive system of notation during the 20th century, which means that many ballets prior to this date were either lost or handed down in partial form. The fact that movement requires both spatial and temporal notation makes it hard to record accurately on paper although attempts to do so date back to the late 15th century. In early notation, letters were used to denote various steps, e.g. R for reverence, s for single, d for double. This method was used in two surviving manuscripts: Margherita d'Austria's ... ...

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