academie: 20YC Dance List

James C. Wagner Jr. james at
Fri Apr 6 10:01:39 PDT 2001

ok, I'll ask this question here instead of the 20year site as it will, 
probably, end up here anyway..

Even though I have a cool arrangement of "Pastime with Good Company" in which
the theme from Hogan's Heroes appears prominantly here's my question:

How is "Leave it to Beaver" any more period that "Hole-in-the-Wall."  If it's
because the dance is period, just not the music, does that mean I can find a 
period tune that "Hole..." can be danced to we can do it because, then, 
it will only have one weirdness? 

Actually, I'd have to say that "Korbushka" is more period than "Leave it to 
Beaver."  If you're going to exclude dances from SCA History due to 
non-periodness and then play these games it's not going to advance the
Academie's goal of showing that period dance can be as fun as the non-period 

More questions to follow later...



> Dance Games and Competitions:
> Galliard-till-you-Drop, Jenny Pluck Partners, Bransle du Castor, Tassel Kick


> Regarding the games and competitions....
> Bransle du Castor (the "Leave it to Beaver" Bransle):  Have you ever noticed 
> that Horse's Bransle and the theme to "Leave it to Beaver" have the same 
> time signature?  Well, *I* have, and there are other combos too.  We'll work 
> with the band to see what clever combos we can come up with.
> Galliard-till-you-Drop:  A competition for as many as will.  We start 
> slowly, and have the band continue speeding up until the last dancer 
> explodes.  A prize for the last dancer standing, and for a dancer of the 
> audiences' choice for best form, most impressive collapse, whatever they see 
> fit.
> Jenny Pluck Partners: A "musical chairs" dance for several couples, loosely 
> based on Jenny Pluck Pears.  When the ladies are placed in the center and 
> the lord begin running around, one lady slips inside the inner circle and 
> hides.  The musicians stop, and all of the lord try to find a partner.  One 
> lord will fail, and will leave the dance.  The dance resumes, and when the 
> lord are placed in the center, the "hiding" lady exits and joins the running 
> circle.  The musicians stop again, and the ladies now try to find a partner. 
> One lady will fail, and will leave.  Dance repeats until we have a winning 
> couple.
> Tassel Kick:  Who can kick the highest?  Simple, eh?

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