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            The Rigaudon or Rigadon came from Provence, thru song and the tambourine. It was said to be the creation of the Marseilles dance master Rigaud in 1485. Later disapearing during the French Revolution.

    There was a great interchange of dancing and singing in those old days, and the popular dances were adjusted to song tunes. Starting among the peasantry, it began as a very lively measure; but when dancing was considered a fine art, and the great dancing masters of the day threw themselves into the subject with much enthusiasm, they greatly modified it, and it found its way to Court, where it met with favour at the hands of Louis XIII, and in Italy. In time it came over to England, and in good Queen Anne's reign it was danced with much appreciation. Isaac, the fashionable dancing master, arranged a Rigaudon on the occasion of the Queen's birthday.

    The step of the Rigaudon is done without either advancing forward or moving backwards or to the side. The best description of it can be thought of as a great non contact traveling dance.


Birth Place

Creation Date


Dance Type

Provence, France 1485 Master Rigaud Court

Posters, Lobby Cards etc.

Sheet Music Covers

Music Titles

n/a n/a Rigadoon (Purcell)
            Rigaudon (Campra)
            Rigaudon of St. Catherine (Barret)

Night Clubs



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Films / Movies


Ballets / Stage

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Other Related Dances of the time...

Bouree'   Montagnarde Rigoletto
Jig   Passipied Sicilienne

Dancers, Choreographers etc.


Jean-Baptiste De Lully (1632-1687) John Weaver (1673-1760) Charles IX - (1550-1611)
Marguerite de Naverre (c1580s)   Louis XIII - (1601-1643)
Master Isaac (c.1640-c.1720)   Marguerite de Naverre - (c1580s)
Master Rigaud   Queen Anne - (1665-1714)

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Art Of Dancing Weaver, John 1706 n/a
The dance, ancient and modern Moore, Arabella E. 1900  

Musicians / Composers


Poets / Writers

Barret, John - (c.17th Century) n/a n/a
Böhm, Georg      
Campra, André - (1660-1744)      
Couperin, Francois - (1668-1733)        
Purcell, Henry - (1659-1695)        
Ravel, Maurice - (1875-1937)        

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

Rigadoon n/a n/a -
Baroque Music        
March 27, 2013

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