academie: list of common dances

Dryw AFREED at
Wed Dec 12 03:35:04 PST 2001

I dunno, as the EC, I'm always fond of Half-Hannikan for beginners.  Lots of
practice at doubling, siding, and arming, and not a lot else to get in the
way.  But it's reasonably fast-tempoed, has really cool music, and changes
partners, so it's not boring either.  But that's just me, and probably not
too accurate, since I've taught exactly 1 dance class in the past 4 years or


----- Original Message -----
From: Aedan Aylwyn <aedan at>
To: Academie Atlantienne de la Danse <academie at>
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: academie: list of common dances

> >In an hour class, given the target audience and allowing time for a bit
> >talking, step intros, and maybe even a little exercise in beat and rhythm
> By step intros, are you planning on things like "this is siding, this is a
> set and
> turn, this is arming, these are slip steps, etc..."?  One thing I think
> that has
> helped folks is to show them the commonality between dances.  That's why
> I tend to teach sets of like dances.
> If you're only going to get in 3 dances, I'd go with a bransle, pavane and
> EC.  Probably Horses Bransle, Carolingian Pavane and Rufty Tufty.  I
> think they're all easy enough to learn yet complicated enough to be
> interesting.
> My tuppence,
> Aedan
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