Cesare Negri

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Cesare Negri, a portrait from Le Grazie d'Amore.

Cesare Negri (c. 1535 – c. 1605) was an Italian dancer and choreographer. He was nicknamed il Trombone[citation needed], an ugly or jocular name for someone "who likes to blow his own horn". Born in Milan, he founded a dance academy there in 1554. He was an active court choreographer for the nobility in Milan. He wrote Le Grazie d'Amore, the first text on ballet theory to expound the principle of the five basic positions[citation needed]. It was republished in 1604 as Nuove Inventioni di Balli (New Inventions of the Dance).

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  • Negri, Cesare. Nuove Inventioni di Balli. Milan: G. Bordone, 1604. Facsimile of original available from Library of Congress: Dance Instruction Manuals
  • Kendall, G. Yvonne. "Le Gratie d'Amore 1602 by Cesare Negri: Translation and Commentary." Stanford University PhD Thesis, 1985. 2 vols.
  • McGinnis, Katherine Tucker. "Your Most Humble Subject, Cesare Negri Milanese." In Dance, Spectacle, and the Body Politick, 1250-1750, edited by Jennifer Nevile, 211-228. Indiana University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-253-21985-5

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