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Allemandes or Almans are one of the simplest groups of renaissance dances. They are related to pavannes, from which they may be derived. They were danced in the 16th century, and despite the fact that the name implies a German origin the best known records for this dance were from France and England. The two chief sources for allemandes are Orchesography and manuscipts from the Inns of Court.

Allemandes generally start with 4 doubles, which are generally specified as hopped doubles, followed by a verse with some different movements, often combinations of singles, doubles and set and turns.

Some allemandes

  • Black Alman
  • Old Alman
  • New Alman
  • Madam Sosillia's Alman
  • Lorraine Alman
  • Queens Alman

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