academie: Report: Assessment

Amy Smyth-Wilson rowenrhys at starpower.net
Mon Jul 24 08:51:12 PDT 2000


There was also an individual who joined the academy in the afternoon during
dance practice which made it possible for us to dance 2 sets of four during
Parson's Farewell!  He is Josh Copson from Isenfir.


RR

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> Dancing at Assessments went *very* well.
>
> Our activities centered around the large double-decker pavillion.  We had
a small dance practice session there in the afternoon, then went upstairs
for court.  Feast was held downstairs, with dancing after feast back
upstairs.  We had the support of the Autocrat and Head Cook, who made
certain that dancing was announced during feast, and who arranged for the
dessert board to be served "upstairs", ensuring a large crowd.
>
> Our dance music was provided by Lord James of Middle Aston (on recorder)
and a lady whose name I never caught (on bodhran).  The set list was:
>
> First Set: Gathering Peascods, Horse's Bransle, Jenny Pluck Pears,
Washerwoman's Bransle, Sellenger's Round, Petit Vriens. Intermission
(demonstration pieces by members of the Academie): Parson's Farewell (two
sets of 4) and Gelosia (one set of 6). Second Set: Newcastle, Maltese
Bransle, Rufty Tufty, Official Bransle, Black Nag, Hole In The Wall.
>
> Our hosts chose the set list, and as you can see, it was weighed heavily
towards the "simple" end of the dance spectrum. <g>  This was appropriate,
considering that this was an event geared primary toward fighting and
archery, and considering the number of first-timers who were in attendance.
The bransles were very popular, with as many as two dozen people dancing at
once.  The least popular was Newcastle, which pretty much flopped.
>
> We *did* learn at least one valuable lesson:  The next time we are
teaching a large group of very inexperienced dancers, we should make CERTAIN
that we teach the more complicated dances during practice.  We tried the
patience of our musicians, who had sat through the 10 minute intermission
(we danced to recordings) and over 15 minutes of Newcastle instruction.  We
need to do this better.  If we can't teach a dance in advance, we should cut
our losses and spend the time during the ball to dance something else.
>
> I never got a formal headcount of ALL of the Academie members in
attendance, but I *believe* the following to be a pretty close list:  Bryan,
Evelynne, James, Margaret, Marion, Rowen, Stefan, Vard and Victoria.  If I
forgot someone, my apologies!  :)
>
> We have a few new people who have or who will be joining the Academie from
Black Diamond.  Yaay!  Once that settles, I'll send an updated membership
list to everyone.  (Also, Marion, can you pls re-send me a copy of your new
info?)
>
> That's that!  It was great to see everyone this weekend, you done good!
>
> -Vard
>
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