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rigaudon

[French ree-goh-dawn] /French ri goʊˈdɔ̃/
noun, plural rigaudons
[French ree-goh-dawn] /French ri goʊˈdɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for rigaudon

rigadoon

/ˌrɪɡəˈduːn/
noun
1.
an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
2.
a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille
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Encyclopedia Article for rigaudon

rigadoon

sprightly 17th-century French folk dance for couples. Its hopping steps were adopted by the skillful dancers of the French and English courts, where it remained fashionable through the 18th century. Conjecture assigns its origins to Provencal sailors and its name to a Marseille dance master, Rigaud, who reputedly introduced the dance to Parisian society in 1630. As a court dance, it was performed by dancers who ran, turned, and repeated in place a series of jumping steps.

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