Allemande (allemanda, almain(e), or alman(d), French: “German (dance)”) is a renaissance and baroque dance, and one of the most popular instrumental dance styles in baroque music, with notable examples by Couperin, Purcell, Bach and Handel. It is often the first movement of a baroque suite of dances, paired with a subsequent courante, though it is sometimes preceded by an introduction or prelude.


National dance, where the dancer dress as either knights or peasants. Also known as kuntradanza.


A. To be made to dance. B. To be involved in something (usually unwittingly).

Root: Ż-F-N



Can-Can: (or cancan as in the original French; ) is a high-energy, physically demanding dance that became a popular music hall dance in the 1840s, continuing in popularity in French cabaret to this day. Originally danced by both sexes, it is now traditionally associated with a chorus line of female dancers.The main features of the dance are the vigorous manipulation of skirts and petticoats, along with high kicks, splits, and cartwheels.


cotillion: (also cotillon or French country dance) a social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance.

Source: Italian

Plural: Kotiloni


1. Grupp ta’ żeffiena tal-Karnival. Dawn jippreparaw ruħhom bi kwantità kbira ta’ provi għal bosta xhur qabel il-Karnival. Imbagħad fil-jiem tal-Karnival kienu jmorru jisfnu kemm fl-ibliet tal-Cottonera kif ukoll il-Belt Valletta. F’Għawdex ukoll kien hemm bosta kumittivi. Skont Anton F. Attard dawn kienu il-kumittivi ta’ Sannat, tal-Għarb, dawk Ta’ Kerċem, ta’ San Lawrenz u tax-Xagħra. 2. Żifna tal-Karnival li tixbah il-Maltija. Il-kumittiva kellha seba’ tappiet, jew seba’ żifniet: il-Kollura, l-Ingliża, il-Franċiża, il-Mina, il-Kannizzata, is-Salib u l-Parata. Tal. comitiva: grupp, kumpanija

Ref: M Morana


National dance, where the dancer dress as either knights or peasants. Also known as Il-Maltija.


quadrille: a dance that was fashionable in late 18th- and 19th-century Europe and its colonies. The quadrille consists of a chain of four to six contredanses, courtly versions of English country dances that had been taken up at the court of Louis XIV and spread across Europe. Latterly the quadrille was frequently danced to a medley of opera melodies.

Source: Italian


volta (plural: voltas) (Italian: “the turn” or “turning”) is an anglicised name for a dance for couples that was popular during the later Renaissance period. This dance was associated with the galliard and done to the same kind of music. Its main figure consisted of a turn and lift in a sort of closed position, which could be done either to the right or to the left. It is also called La voltaVoltaVolte. Spelling variants include la volta and levolto; its name is la volte in French and la volta in Italian. Considered at first to be risque and controversial,[La volta became a respectable, but never completely dignified, dance after Queen Elizabeth I of England danced it with the Earl of Leicester.

Source: Italian