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  1. branlenoun

    A 16th century French dance

    Etymology: From branler.


  1. Branle

    A branle —also bransle, brangle, brawl, brawle, brall, braul, or brantle —or brainle—is a 16th-century French dance style which moves mainly from side to side, and is performed by couples in either a line or a circle. The word is derived from the French verb branler, possibly related to brander. In Italy the branle became the brando, and in Spain the bran. Brando alta regina by Cesare Negri demonstrates how widely the French and Italian dances had diverged by the beginning of the 17th century. The Branle seems to have travelled to Scotland and survived for some time as the brail, but in England it was rarely danced, and of thousands of lute pieces from England only 18 were called branle, though one called "courant" is known from continental sources as a branle. The only detailed sources for the dance steps to the French branles are Orchesography by Thoinot Arbeau and a few late examples in Beauchamp-Feuillet notation, such as Danses nouvelles presentees au Roy by Louis-Guillaume Pécour. However, Antonius de Arena briefly described the steps for the double and single branles and mentions mixed branles in his macaronic treatise Ad suos compagnones, and the dialogue of act 4, scene 2 of John Marston's The Malcontent sketches a choreography for one branle. Before 1500 the word is encountered, but only as the name of one of the steps of the basse danse. Arbeau strongly implies that the branle was a dance mainly performed by commoners.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of branle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of branle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. motile
    • B. valetudinarian
    • C. commensal
    • D. jejune

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