Junior Andrew Chapdelaine, a triple language major studying French as
well as Italian and Russian, said he enjoyed the event much more than
he had expected, as he and his fellow students learned a variety of
dance moves and got to test their skills to the soundtrack of Baroque
“I loved the music,” Chapdelaine said. “I loved the elegance of
everything. ... It was really enjoyable and really approachable at the
Copeland, who trained in Baroque, said that this type of dance was one of her favorites.
“[Baroque Dance] enlivens the senses in a way that doing contemporary
dance and ballet doesn’t do,” she said, “because you are acting out a
role in time to live music, and there's something very complete about
What made the workshop experience even more complete were the
costumes that Copeland and Fittante wore. Copeland had a professional
costumer make her dress. She said that she picked out the fabric and
provided the costumer with patterns that were from the Baroque period to
ensure historical accuracy.
While Baroque dance is mostly a historical artifact and art, its popularity remains today.
“You’re partaking in something that really belongs in another
century,” Steinberger said. “But it’s very big in France— Baroque dance,
music and singing.”
Copeland emphasized that Baroque dance has influenced modern dance as well.
“Anybody who does line dancing, square dancing, those forms, they
don’t do the steps [of Baroque dance] anymore,” she said. “But the idea
of a line of women set against a line of men or country line
dancing—those are all vestiges from the social dance from the 17th and
No matter the dance style, Copeland urged everyone, not just
students, to participate in such activities, where people move in time
“It’s usually spirited and about brother- and sisterhood, and I think
we could really use that right now,” she said. “So get out and dance
with your fellow University of Delaware students.”
Article by Anne Grae Martin; photos by Evan Krape