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Allamande dance history origins Title
The Allemande Dance or Deutschen originated in Germany in the early 16th century, then on to France where it entered Paris through Alsac, then the Rhineland, while there, it was polished up, and finally arrived in England. It is sometimes considered a French Baroque Court dance. It was danced also in Spain and in Switzerland , but specially in Swabia to the sound of the tambourine. It is related to its ancestor the La Danse Basses and Hautes dances of the sixteenth century. Some writings have also called it the Allewander (Swiss). The Allemande is said to have been adopted at the court of Louis XIV as kind of a trophy from the annexation of Alsace. Louis XIV , Napoleon and Queen Elizabeth found great favor in this dance. It did not reach its peak till much later.
The dance is considered a gesture type - chain dance with graceful arms while moving as a chain and became very popular in 1600. It could be danced by a couple or group. The basic steps are of the Chasse' (Landler,) gliding passes, changing partners back to back and charming turns. It has been written that the Germans dance the Allemande where the men and women form a ring. Each man holding his partner round the waist, makes her whirl round with almost inconceivable rapidity: they dance in a grand circle, seeming to pursue one another: in the course of which they execute several leaps, and some particularly. pleasing steps, when they turn, but so very difficult as to appear such even to professed dancers themselves. When this dance is performed by a numerous company, it furnishes one of the most pleasing flights that can be imagined.

The air should be lively. The Allemande can be danced by one couple or any number of couples, placing themselves behind each other. The Allemande step is three pas marchés (triple steps) and the front foot raised while the dance figures were sometimes difficult to execute. It seems to have had an ancient origin or something like it, was danced as far back as 1540 at the fête which Francis I . gave to Charles V . to do him special honour.

Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

Germany 1540s n/a Procession / Baroque Court

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music Titles

n/a n/a Alman (Johnson)
Almayne (Holborne)
Allemande (Buxtehude)
Allemande (Schein)
The Art Of Dress 1500 to 1914
Medieval Costumes in England and France
Fall of the Leaf - Alman (Peerson)
My Lady Hudsons Puffe - Alman (Dowland)
The Honeysuckle Alman (Holborne)
Three Part Allmand (Brade)
$ Art Of Dress 1500-1914 $ Medieval Costume 1 ~See: Full Allemande Music List

Night Clubs



Bal Champetre n/a Alsac
Elector of Cologne (1759) Kenilworth (1575)



Ballets / Stage

n/a n/a n/a



Other Related Dances of the time...

Allewander Folia Jig Allemande (1866) Pavane
Basse, La Gagliarde Landler Scottish Reel
Branle, La Gaillarde Minuet Volta
Contredanse, La Gavotte Moresca Waltz
Courante Hautes Motovidlo

Dancers, Choreographers etc.


Ballon (1702) Master Guillaume Louis XIV
Casanova (1759) Master Waldau Napoleon
Master Dubois Subligny (1702) Queen Elizabeth
Catherine de Medici
Francis I (1540)
Charles V. (1540)

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...





Dance Of Court & Theater Hilton, Wendy 1981 Princeton Book Co.
Down Memory Lane Murray, Arthur 1954 Greenberg
How To Dance the revived ancient dances Holt, Arden 1907 Cox Publishers



Song Writers

Arbeau n/a n/a
Brade, William (c.1560-1630)
Buxtehude, Dietrich (c,1637-1707)
Dowland, John (c.1563-1626)
Holborne, Anthony (15??-1602)
Johnson, Robert (1540-1626)
Peerson, Martin (1572-1650)
Schein, Johann Hermann (1586-1630)

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

Aristocracy Dancing Masters French Court Renaissance Dance
Baroque Period de Medici Italian Dances

Basic Step (By Arden Holt)

1) The lady stands in front of the gentleman; he holds her left hand with his left and her right hand with his right hand. For four bars they go forward and pose, and repeat this four times, the last time they pass forward for two bars only, and turn; this occupies eight bars of the music, and is danced straight across from the left to the right of the stage.
2) Circle four steps round and quick turn; the gentleman turns the lady with arms overhead, and the lady turns the gentleman.
3) Polka forward, change hands quickly, and turn, then polka back slowly, turn and pose.
4) The lady makes four pas de Basques in front of the gentleman and turns, the gentleman ending on the right.
5) Four steps across the stage, turn and pose. Take two steps back, turn and pose, and repeat.