Renaissance dance and movement facts are featured in terms of these areas:
artists of the time period
relevant time frame
where movement orginated
impact on society
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First, in terms of defining characteristics, you might list some of the common dances such as the "saltarello, galliard, and coranto" (http://www.rendance.org/what.html). Please note how they were improvised forms. Research shows that there were basically two types of social dances in the Renaissance. "The first type was simple dances that were performed by an unlimited number of people. These dances were usually performed in circles or lines. The second type was more complex dances that required a dancing master and practice. These complex dances were usually performed for an audience" (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Blair/Courses/MUSL242/f98/rendanc.htm).
Key characteristics tended to focus on the footwork. Because of the bulky clothing of the Renaissance, it "limited the upper body movement, both in men and women. Women wore corsets at this time, and the men's clothing had tight lacing on the upper body" (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Blair/Courses/MUSL242/f98/rendanc.htm).
You might also list how the BRANLE is a vital term in this genre. Research revels that "The branle is danced in a group in the form of ...
Renaissance dance genres are researched.