from 3300 B.C. to 1911 A.D.
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Respectfully dedicated to Dr. Eleanor Maxwell.
This sketch of the iconography of the dance does not
pretend to be a history of the subject, except in the
most elementary way. It may be taken as a summary of the
history of posture; a complete dance cannot be easily
rendered in illustration.
text is of the most elementary description; to go into
the subject thoroughly would involve years and volumes.
The descriptions of the various historic dances or music
are enormous subjects; two authors alone have given 800
dances in four volumes.
would have been interesting if some idea of the
orchesography of the Egyptians and Greeks could have
been given; this art of describing dances much in the
manner that music is written is lost, and the attempts
to revive it have been ineffective. The increasing speed
of the action since the days of Lulli would now render
it almost impossible.