pennsicdance: The Caroso Style Ball
Charles J. Cohen
charles at eecs.umich.edu
Fri Mar 31 15:31:40 PST 2000
>Greetings, lordinges, from Roselyne!
>On Fri, 31 Mar 2000, Julia E Smith wrote:
>> "Charles J. Cohen" wrote:
>> > >I've always wondered why a Caroso Ball wasn't made *part* of the Dance
>> > >Exhibition, which, AFAIK, has had no other Western RenDance besides
>> > >what I incited.
I didn't write that.
>> > That being said, I think that if I arranged it so that our Caroso
>> > style ball was done as part of the exhibition, it would scare away too
>> > many dancers. I don't *know* this, it is just my opinion.
I did write this.
>We-el... what if it were audience-participation with a few well-placed
>ringers in the audience?
At many of the exhibitions, it has people in the audience who watch
and also participate. So it could work. I just like having a circle
of people around the dance area.
>> At some point, we talked about doing two Caroso Balls: the first a real
>> Caroso with the standard SCA format (which we'd do in the Dance tent or
>> barn), and the second a performance piece in which various of us agree
>> to work some stuff up and perform it in a "Caroso ball setting". That
>> way, we can have the best of both worlds: a real Caroso that's
>> inclusive, and a "real performance setting."
I didn't write this either :)
>Not to pick nits, but isn't that the essential idea of what we are
>always doing in a Caroso ball? :) As I understand it, the difference,
>(if any) is that you propose we work it up with a particular partner.
>One partner (or probably both) would then also have to work up a
>different piece with a second partner, and so on, in order to keep
>up the chain where the invited party selects the next dance and
As far as the European style dancers are concerned, I think the only
difference would be that one ball would be on a stage, and the other
would be more private in the dance tent.
Thanks for posting!!
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