Toe pointing, bowing and balancing are often included as part of the minuet dance motions.
The Minuet is a slow dance from the 17th and 18th centuries, popular in France. Minuets are stately. Short dance steps, combined with posed stances and positions, are performed during the dance.
In French, Minuet is spelled Menuet, derived from the word menu, which means small, relating to the small steps performed.
The first two measures of Melodic Minuet are shown below.
Cellos perform the
OOM – pah – pah rhythm.
Basses perform Pizzicato, which serves to emphasize the down-beats.
In the last measure, crescendo is enhanced by the dramatic whipping Fouetté bow stroke.