academie: And now, for something completely different...

Edvard Gayer scavard at
Tue Jan 16 11:41:08 PST 2001

There are only 2 weeks left to register for the Symposium before the price 
goes up.The Academie will have a pre-event schmooze (officially called a 
"Business Meeting") at 10 am.  To encourage folks to come and meet everyone 
else, we're going to raffle off a brand-new copy of Playford's First 
Edition.  (oooh! aaah!)   For more info, visit

Also, and very important, University is in 3 weeks.  If you have not already 
registered for classes, you can do so online.  Email your registration to 
the Registrar at registrar at  Include your SCA and mundane 
and names, your home address, if this is your first university, if you are 
teaching, and the name and time of each class for which you wish to 
register.  The catalog is at

The Academie is teaching 4 classes, and there's a post-University dance 
scheduled.  Our classes are:

#310 15th C. Social Dance: An Introduction (Edvard Gayer) - A long time ago, 
in a funny little boot-shaped country far, far away, bored Italians had to 
come up with something to do between the ragu and the romancin'. What they 
invented was a seductive, flirtatious, and not terribly complicated form of 
dance which is currently sweeping the SCA by storm! Students will be 
introduced to several steps unique to Italian dance, and will learn dances 
such as "Gelosia", "Anello" and that crowd-favorite "Petit Vriens". 
(Beginners welcome. Class is a recommended prerequisite for the Intermediate 
15th C. Italian class.)

#410 15th C. Social Dance: The Madness Continues (Judith de Northumbria) - 
This class will be geared towards those who have experienced the joys of 
beginner Italian dance, and are ready to experience the next level of the 
Grand Ol' Conspiracy of Renaissance Italy. Participants should have some 
knowledge of the basic steps, though they will be reviewed as a warm up at 
the beginning of class. Possible dances to be taught: Rosti Boli, Amoroso, 
Colonesse, Marchesana, Leoncello. All dances will be reviewed at the end of 
the class for the sake of practice and memory.

#510 Introduction to English Country Dance (Rowen ferch Rhys) - Ever wanted 
to give SCA dancing a try but were too shy to give it a shot? Never danced 
before? Got two left feet? Got THREE left feet? Well, this class is 
specifically for YOU! Students will be introduced the basic steps and 
patterns common to several of the English Country Dances that are commonly 
done at SCA events. Dances to be taught may include Black Nag, Heart's Ease, 
Rufty Tufty, Sellenger's Round, and several other crowd-favorites.

#610 Advanced English Country Dance (Stefan of Cambion/Evelynne Merrymet) - 
This class will go beyond the usual ECD dance pattern of 
doubles/siding/arming with a chorus and teach more interesting ones from 
Playford's book such as Parsons Farewell, Saint Martins, Whirligig, and 
Newcastle. These are more complicated dances than are usually taught at 
events and are not meant for beginners. The ones taught will be included in 
the dancing after the feast that evening.
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