F. Le Roussau A Collection of New Ball- and Stage dances, 1720:
Facsimile with introductory notes by Jennifer Thorp (lulu.com, 2008)
iv + 136 pp. ISBN 978 1 4092 1328 4. Price £19.50/$35.40 [may vary slightly due to exchange rates] plus shipping.
This book consists of high quality facsimile images of the remarkable and occasionally eccentric manuscript Collection of New Ball- and Stage dances compiled by the French dancing-master F. Le Roussau while he was working in London in 1720. It makes accessible to scholars and early dance specialists a collection of nine dances for the theatre and ball-room, eight of which are unique to this source. They include otherwise unknown choreographies by the French dancing-masters Pecour, Dangeville and Balon, as well as dances in both the serious and comic style by Le Roussau himself. The introductory chapters discuss the identity of F. Le Roussau and his London career, the contents of the manuscript, and Le Roussau's skills as a dance notator. The publication of the Collection in facsimile completes the availability in modern form of the three surviving London collections of theatrical dances from the early eighteenth century, and adds considerably to our understanding of dance from that era.