academie: Dancing at Isenfir's Silver Anniversary

Amy Smyth-Wilson rowenrhys at starpower.net
Wed Sep 20 10:43:05 PDT 2000


I think that this type of ball sounds like a good idea...and I would be
willing to be a teaching assistant during the classes...I don't feel
qualified enough to teach them on my own to people I don't know :-)


Rowen ferch Rhys

----- Original Message -----
From: Oxford, David <dmo at pqa.com>
To: <academie at pbm.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 12:57 PM
Subject: academie: Dancing at Isenfir's Silver Anniversary


> Greetings all,
>
> Two things regarding Isenfir's Silver Anniversary
> (http://scs.student.virginia.edu/~isenfir/silveranniversary) on Oct
28th...
>
> First, since I know several of you are planning to attend, I was hoping to
> elicit some volunteer help for doing dance classes during the day.  Some
of you
> have already mentioned a willingness, so I've advertised we'll be doing
it.  I'd
> like to get a more formal idea of who's willing to be involved.  My
primary job
> during the day will be bilking as much coinage as possible out of the
guests,
> (i.e., running Isenfir's Red Mountain Inn :) so I won't realistically be
able to
> consistently do a lot with dance classes unless I can pawn off my RMI
duties on
> others.  We've got a nice spot pretty close to the center of the day's
> activities set aside for doing the classes.
>
> Second, I wanted to elicit opinions on an idea we had for the style of the
> evening's dancing.  Obviously, dancing is a major focus of this event, and
we
> wanted to do something a little interesting, so my thought was to do a
ball
> somewhat akin in style to the Caroso-style mini-balls.  Specifically,
rather
> than have a one-dance-after-the-other predefined set list, we'd have a
list of
> available dances together with a good set of cheat-sheets, and we'd start
the
> evening with our resident Court Baron and Shire Elder choosing the first
dance,
> his partner choosing the next, her partner the next, and so forth.
Obviously, a
> lot of people won't know the dances by name, so the dance master would
then
> choose a dance if the next person didn't know what they wanted to do.
>
> The differences from the Caroso-style ball would be, for one, that rather
than
> have only one set dancing, we'd assemble as many sets as we had people
wanting
> to dance.  Second, we'd be a little more forgiving if someone wanted to
repeat a
> dance (once) that had already been done (dance master's discretion, of
course).
>
> I'm not sure how this will end up working, but I'm interested to give it a
try.
> I can see some potential for problems, but in my own thinking I haven't
foreseen
> anything that looks like it would cause the whole evening to fail
miserably.
> What do y'all think?
>
> And please let me know if you'd be willing to help out teaching during the
day,
> which will be especially important if we're to do this style of dance in
the
> evening.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Bryan
>
>
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