academie: Dancing at Ymir
ThatUrsula at aol.com
ThatUrsula at aol.com
Fri Jan 26 21:06:01 PST 2001
Greetings, Dance Mavens.
I've put my foot in it and have offered to run dance at Ymir. Before I make
the general announcement, I was wondering of anyone could put me in touch
with musicians who would be willing to play for Ymir.
Here is what I have in mind so far:
I want to keep the dance list fairly simple because we have little time for
practices between now and Ymir, and many of us are still a bit rusty:
ANY NUMBER OF COUPLES
Earl of Salisbury Pavane
Saltarello la Regina
SETS OF 3 COUPLES
Jenny Pluck Pears
SETS OF 4-6 COUPLES
SETS OF 2 COUPLES
John Tallow's Cannon
SETS OF THREE (any gender)
I'll be bringing candles, holders and candle globes for candlestick bransle
and maybe John Tallow's Cannon, and lengths of cloth for people to tie to
their arm to indicate that they are interested in dancing and are not just
watching (you can remove the cloth if you need a rest and put it back on when
you're ready to resume). I'm gonna ask that the hall lights be lowered and
provide either real or electric candles to provide more intimate lighting for
dancing but arrange for lighting for the musicians' music stands.
I'd also shoot for a formal deal with the bardic folk that we have a set of
dancing and then let the bards take over for a bit, then dance, then bardic
for the rest of the night. Or something like that. Only one way to find out
if it will work...
Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the smooth running of
the dance. Just think about what you liked about other dances you've seen
and what annoyed you about them and think what we can do to make it better.
Personally my turn-offs are too much light (hard to have a magical experience
under flourescent lighting and lots of it), and interruptions for court
business (fooey), having another activity going on at the same time in the
same room with the dancing, and non-dance traffic across the dance floor
during the dancing.
As for teaching during the day, unfortunately I'll be cooking, serving and
cleaning up for the breakfast and lunch, but I may have an hour before feast.
The problem with that is that people tend to have too much to do - on top of
catching up with friends they haven't seen in a while. If any are interested
in running formal classes during the day, I'd be happy to help with local
logistics. Also, having an extra person or more to coach all the sets
instead of one person yelling to be heard would be another good thing.
RSVP - Ursula von Bremen
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