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Gavottes

A French Folk Dance originally which became formalised in the court of Louis XIV. It is a very precise and ponderous dance which often lends itself to criticism of being a bit prententious. Danced to moderately paced 4/4 time it is the most 'courtly' of the popular dances. The moves involve much sliding of the foot and raising of the leg at the knee. The man usually has his free hand placed on his hip and the lady holds her skirts. It is a dance to be danced in the old-time stule with long skirts and military jackets or tails.