A social dance is one of the earliest traditions of dance and a lot of things were going on in society at this time. The concept of dancing in circles became a big thing.
Were most of the dances you know about also dance forms?
Yes. The dances we know as Waltz were not, as far as I know, originally the Waltzes. It really was very much a social dance, a social dance for the people in the middle of the night. Waltzes are in circles.
There was a dance, with the same name, in China called The Eight-Cities Dance. The Eight Cities Dance, in itself, is quite different from anything you or I would call a social dance.
So there’s some evidence of a “social dance” in China and even if I’m wrong, it was in China.
How do we know that Waltz was around as early as the sixteenth or seventeenth century?
The earliest documented mention of Waltzes we know of in the seventeenth century were probably by the Spanish explorer Vasco de Zumas’ 1610 book L’historia hérostráfica, “the history of the world,” he said.
The other books that mention Waltzes were the 1625 book of a man called Francisco de Monteverdi called de las zumas de las ciudades de la tierra, “on the dancing of the zumas,” and it’s mentioned, in all those books, and the first mention I can find of Waltzes was 1632 by the Italian, Francesco Totti, in a book called The Poems of the Italian Dancers. You could argue it doesn’t show up on all those books from the sixteenth century because it’s not a “dancing”, or a social dance. It’s more likely to be a social dance.
Totti is just repeating the history of the book that he read with that he read about dancing.
As you know, Waltz, like Waltz, was used in a social context. Totti even wrote in Spanish, he wrote in El diablo de los dias, which means, El diablo of the people. It’s about an Italian and Spanish who met and then they had a lot of conversations and he wrote a book called El diablo of the dancers.
What kind of society was Mexico at this time? What kind of society, culturally,
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