Close this search box.

Jewish Italian dancer's handbook on the art of dance

Guglielmo Ebreo’s On the Practice or Art of Dancing

Guglielmo Ebreo is the best known dancing master of the fifteenth century…

“Ebreo, Guglielmo .” Arts and Humanities Through the Eras. 30, 2022).

1460 CE

Guglielmo and his brother Giuseppe (also a dancing master) were born in Pesaro (central Italy), the sons of Moses of Sicily, who for a time was dancing master at that court. Quite a bit is known about Guglielmo’s career, thanks to a number of surviving letters he wrote to various courts, and especially to an autobiographical list that he appended to one of the manuscripts of his dance treatise, describing thirty events in which he took part. His career as a dancing master took him to a number of the finest courts in Italy where he was valued for his ability as a dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. In addition to the Sforza families in Pesaro and Milan, he served the Montefeltro in Urbino, the Gonzaga in Mantua, King Ferdinand I in Naples, and the Medici in Florence. 

learn more


How far back?

Point in Timeline | Post 500 CE 62%

2020 | Present