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Virginia Lamothe

Virginia Lamothe

Virginia Lamothe specializes in the study of historical dance, specifically Italian dances of the late Renaissance and court and theater dances of the Baroque era. Currently, she teaches the Dance Experience and Theater Dance Styles at Belmont University. She received her B.A. in applied music at the State University of New York, College at Fredonia and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she taught History of Ballet and Modern Dance at Vanderbilt University. Virginia’s research interests include theater dances of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as a history of dance notation. Her publications, listed below, focus on the importance of dance practice within the theatrical creations of Claudio Monteverdi in early seventeenth-century opera. During her time in Italy after being awarded a Fulbright fellowship (2005 – 2006), Virginia studied Renaissance and Baroque dances with Barbara Sparti and Gloria Giordano at Scuola Ginassi. She has also studied Renaissance and Baroque dance with Ken Pierce at the International Baroque Institute at Longy in 2007 and 2010.


“Dancing at a Wedding: Some Thoughts on Performance Issues in Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Lasciate i monti’ (Orfeo, 1607)” Early Music 36 (November, 2008): 533 – 546.

“Fanning the Flames of Love: Hidden Performance Solutions for Claudio Monteverdi’s Ballo delle ingrate found in Renaissance Dance” In Performance Practice, Issues and Approaches; (Proceedings of the Conference held at Rhodes College, Memphis TN March 4-6, 2007), 97 – 108. Ed. Timothy Watkins. Ann Arbor: Steglein Press, 2009.

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