academie: Palming (was Pavanna la Cornetta)

Catherine E. Dean cdean at
Mon Nov 19 15:52:37 PST 2001

Scripsit Judith:

>I could be wrong about this, but as far as I know, "palming" is a very
>baroque thing, never practiced in the renaissance...Does anyone have any
>primary source references that support palming as a pre-1600 practice?  I
>would be interested if so....

Scripsit Vard:

>Hmmm.  To be honest, I don't know the answer.  Katherine might.  If it
>*does* prove to be an OOP figure, the hands can easily be dropped to waist
>level -- the choreography would be mostly unchanged.

I don't recall seeing palming ever done in any context that I would call 
reliablely period, but for what it's worth, what Vard has referred to as 
palming, I was actually performing (with him) more of a turn-your-partner 
rather than your typical 
palming that crops up in Hole in the Wall, etc.  You could call it palming, 
I'd call it turning your partner, albeit "intensely" (i.e. keeping as close 
together as possible), and turning around a central pivot into your partner's 
place certainly happens in period! (Gelosia, Bizzaria d'Amore, Black Alman, 

Clear as mud, right?


Catherine E. Dean
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