- allemande, allemanda, allemand, almain, alman—a moderately slow, serious dance (German) usually in duple meter and binary form. Often the first movement of suite. From the French word for "German."
- bourrée [F], borea [I]—A French dance in quick double time typically beginning on an upbeat
- courante, corrente, courant, corant—a triple-meter Renaissance / Baroque dance with regional nuances (e.g. Italian, French)
- partita [I], parthia, partie—originally, an instrumental piece as well as, more specifically, a variation. Eventually, a synonym for suite.
- sarabande, saraband, sarabanda—A Spanish Renaissance / Baroque dance in triple meter. In France and Germany, it tended to be slow and stately.
- suite—a set of instrumental pieces (movements) played together to create a larger whole. Suites tend towards collections of dances, frequently in the same key, preceded by a prelude, introduction or overture.