Francine Lancelot

Francine Lancelot

Francine Lancelot

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Francine Lancelot (1929 &ndash; 2003) was a French dancer, choreographer and dance historian. She was a pioneer in the revival of French baroque dance. Through her dance company, Ris et Danceries she created many magnificent performances including Bal à la cour, Tempore et misura, and the tragédie lyrique Atys by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Francine was an outstanding teacher (she gave private lessons to Nureyev at l'Opéra), Through her careful study of period sources, she revolutionized belle danse performance, most notably with respect to dance tempi. She was also actively curious about the Italian and French dance (Arbeau and L'Instruction) that preceded the French baroque style, and about 17<sup>th</sup>-century Spanish dance. Her research resulted in articles and her 1995 "catalogue raisonné" La Belle Dance. She also produced recordings and CDs of dance music. Her interests ranged from French traditional or folk dance to African drumming. Today, the number of fine baroque dancers and companies in Europe and North America testify to her legacy.

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