The Nordic Minuet: Royal Fashion and Peasant Tradition - cover image


Petri Hoppu; Egil Bakka; Anne Margrete Fiksvik. Copyright of individual chapters are maintained by the chapter author(s).

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  • English

Print Length

586 pages (viii+578)


Paperback156 x 41 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.61" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 45 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.77" x 9.21")


Paperback1099g (38.77oz)
Hardback1287g (45.40oz)



OCLC Number





  • ATQR
  • ATQ
  • NHTB
  • NHD
  • AVLP


  • ASD
  • ASDC
  • ASDR
  • HBTB
  • 1D
  • 3J


  • PER003090
  • PER003100
  • HIS054000
  • HIS044000
  • MUS011000


  • GV1796.M5


  • Anthology
  • Minuet
  • Nordic countries
  • Dance culture
  • Historical context
  • Dance revival

The Nordic Minuet

Royal Fashion and Peasant Tradition

This major new anthology of the minuet in the Nordic countries comprehensively explores the dance as a historical, social and cultural phenomenon. One of the most significant dances in Europe, with a strong symbolic significance in western dance culture and dance scholarship, the minuet has evolved a distinctive pathway in this region, which these rigorous and pioneering essays explore.

As well as situating the minuet in different national and cultural contexts, this collection marshals a vast number of sources, including images and films, to analyze the changes in the dance across time and among different classes. Following the development of the minuet into dance revival and historical dance movements of the twentieth century, this rich compendium draws together a distinguished group of scholars to stimulate fresh evaluations and new perspectives on the minuet in history and practice.

The Nordic Minuet: Royal Fashion and Peasant Tradition is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners of dance; musicologists; and historical and folk dancers; it will be of interest to anybody who wants to learn more about this vibrant dance tradition.


This is a thorough, rigorously researched and original contribution to dance scholarship which will become a definitive volume on the subject of the minuet in northern Europe. It will stimulate fresh evaluations and lead to interesting comparative studies. The large amount of illustrative material, both static and moving images, will make it most attractive to readers, especially students and amateur historical and folk dancers, as well as to musicologists.

Theresa Buckland

Emeritus Professor of Dance History and Ethnography at the University of Roehampton


1. Introduction

(pp. 5–18)
  • Petri Hoppu
  • Egil Bakka
  • Gunnel Biskop
  • Gunnel Biskop
  • Anders Chr. N. Christensen
  • Petri Hoppu
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Egil Bakka
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Anne Margrete Fiskvik
  • Anders Chr. N. Christensen
  • Petri Hoppu
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Andrea Susanne Opielka
  • Gunnel Biskop

15. Minuet Structures

(pp. 417–432)
  • Anders Chr. N. Christensen
  • Petri Hoppu
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Egil Bakka
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Siri Mæland
  • Anna Björk
  • Petri Hoppu
  • Göran Andersson
  • Elizabeth Svarstad
  • Mats Nilsson
  • Petri Hoppu


Petri Hoppu

Principal Lecturer at the Department of Media and Performing Arts at Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Petri Hoppu PhD studied ethnomusicology at the University of Tampere, Finland, and graduated in 1995. He continued his studies in Tampere and wrote his doctoral thesis (1999) on the minuet in Finland. Today he is a Principal Lecturer at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in dance studies at Tampere University. His areas of expertise include theory and methodology in dance anthropology as well as research of Skolt Saami dances, Finnish-Karelian vernacular dances and Nordic folk dance revitalization. He has been a project manager of several research projects, including Dance in Nordic Spaces (2007–2012) and KanTaMus (developing common pedagogy for folk dance and music, 2021–2023). He has written several peer-reviewed articles and co-edited the book Nordic Dance Spaces: Practicing and Imagining a Region (2014) with professor Karen Vedel and Dance Research Journal 52 (1) Special Issue In and Out of Norden - Dance and the Migratory Condition (2020) with professor Inger Damsholt. He has been the editor of the only annual Nordic folk dance research journal, Folkdansforksning i Norden, since 2002. He has been on boards of international dance scholars’ associations and giving lectures at universities in Europe and the US.

Egil Bakka

Professor Emeritus of Dance Studies at Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Egil Bakka was the founding Director at the Norwegian Centre for Traditional Music and Dance (1973-2013) and is professor emeritus of Dance studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He built and chaired the programme for dance studies at his university and initiated the NOFOD Nordic master programme with Danish, Finnish and Swedish colleagues and the Choreomundus Erasmus international master’s in dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage with colleagues from France, Hungary and UK. He was the first academic coordinator of both masters. He held many positions as chair or board member of national and international organisations, institutions, research projects and conferences, has seven honorary membership and prizes and is Commander of the Royal St. Olav Order.  He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Norway and the Faroe Islands and had tasks in the UNESCO environment with the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.  Publications: Bakka, Egil et al. ed., Waltzing through Europe: Attitudes Towards Couple Dances in the Long Nineteenth-Century (Open Book Publishers, 2020), Bakka, Egil, 'Dance and Music in Interplay: Types of Choreo-Musical Relationships in Norwegian Heritage', in Diverging Ontologies in Music for Dancing European Voices V, ed. by Ardian Ahmedaja (Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2023), pp. 29-50

Anne Margrete Fiskvik


Anne Margrete Fiskvik PhD works as professor of dance studies at the Department for Musicology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Previously a professional dancer and choreographer, she has pursued an academic career and today her main research areas are within dance and music history. She has especially been interested in Norwegian theatre dance and itinerant practices during the 18th and 19th centuries. Fiskvik was a member of the research projects Performing Arts between Dilettantism and Professionalism (pArts) and Dance in Nordic Spaces. Fiskvik is also a certified dance movement therapist and interested in health aspects of dance. Her most recent publication includes the editing of Dance Articulated 8 (1) Special Issue Dance. A way towards health and well being (2022). Some of her recent publications dealing with dance historie(s) include the co-editing of the anthology Performing Arts in Changing Societies: Opera, Dance and Theatre in European and Nordic countries around 1800 (Routledge, 2020), as well as the article 'Renegotiation Identify Markers in Contemporary Halling', published in Dance Research Journal vol. 52 (1), (2020).