academie: 12th Night dance list
Mack2357 at aol.com
Mack2357 at aol.com
Mon Dec 4 17:23:56 PST 2000
Forwarded by request . . .
I apologize for this taking so long - there was a snafu communicating
the person in charge of the musicians.
This is a tentative dance list. I am putting it out so that people can
suggest dances that aren't here or express concerns about some of these
dances. I will post a revised list in a week that will have all of the
dances at the ball. I chose these dances because I feel they are a good
of easy, moderate, and difficult dances and are also fairly
of the dances that were popular in period and in the SCA culture. I also
have tapes or CDs, or access to music, for all of them.
This is a pretty long list. One of my concerns is that the ball will
enough unusual dances that the casual dancer will not know many of the
songs. One possibility that I am entertaining is to eliminate a few of
less common dances and repeat some of the better known ones twice (once
each ball). I am trying to balance the desires of the dancing community
the knowledge of the average SCAdian. I don't want the dance enthusiast
become bored or disenchanted. However, I also don't want a large number
potential dancers on the sidelines because they don't know the dance. I
would appreciate some feedback on this.
The schedule is showing two balls, one from 2:00 - 4:00 and another from
8:00 - 10:00. My current plan is to divide each ball into two sets with
(very) short break in between each set. The first ball will consist
of period music. All of the OOP dances, as well as many period ones,
played in the second set. Most of the dances will only be played through
once, although some of the popular dances might be repeated in
An example of this is the Black Nag, which could have three iterations
the front couple changing each time. Of course, most of the bransles
have multiple iterations.
I won't decide on the exact order of the dances until I finalize the
list. I am planning on mixing fast-paced dances with slower dances. Most
the bransles will be done in bransle suites.
I am not planning on having any teaching at the ball. I will find out if
there will be room at the site for a quick refresher course. I am going
publish a small dance cheat sheet like the one that Judith and Vard made
last year's Twelfth Night ball. During the ball, I will announce each
and state the basic requirements, such as sets of three couples, etc.
the bransles suites I haven't decided whether to call when the dance
I invite any suggestions or comments on my plans. I can be reached at
email address (arcturus at robbinshouse.com) or at home at 919-304-6074
9:00pm. I would also like any volunteers to help at the ball or for
during the event (if this is possible).
If someone could forward this on to the Dance Academie list I would
Maltese (from Arbeau)
Earl of Salisbury
Dull Sir John
Jenny Pluck Pears
John Tallow's Canon
Merry Merry Milk Maids
Picking of Sticks
Upon a Summer's Day
Out of Period (OOP) or SCA-Invented Dances:
Hole in the Wall
SCA Maltese Bransle (Turkish Bransle)
Lord Arcturus Aleator
Seneschal of Buckston-on-Eno in Windmasters' Hill, Atlantia
aka Jim Robbins
arcturus at robbinshouse.com
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