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The gavotte is a dance, from the Renaissance period, of French peasant origins. It origiated in the Duaphine region, and is thought by some to have been a developmetn of the branle.

The name is taken from the Occitan dialect word gavato, itself from gavot, an Alpine-dweller.

The dance was played in 4-time, at a moderate tempo (according to the BBC), 4/4 or 2/2 according to Wikipedia. It did not reach courtly circles until after period.

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