SCA Dance Cheat Sheets
Source: Inns of Court manuscripts.
Setting: A processional line of couples.
1- 84 doubles forward.
9-12Face partner and drop hands. Double backwards away from partner, double
forward towards partner.
13-16Quarter-turn left (men face up the hall, women face down the
hall), double forward up or down the hall, turn around over your right shoulder,
double back to place.
17-20Face partner; men set and turn in place.
21-24Women do the same.
25-26Take both hands, turn halfway using one double into partner's place,
27-284 slip steps up hall.
29-32Turn halfway back to your own side, 4 slip steps down hall.
33-36Drop hands, double backward away from partner, double forward towards partner.
1-36Repeat with the women setting and turning in place first,
followed by the men.
Honour. Fowre doubles forward, part handes with a .d. backe, meete again with a .d., A .d. on your lefte hand, a nother on your right hand, the man doe .2. .S. & a .d. rounde, the woman as much, take both handes, change places with a double & slide upwardes .4., Into your own place with a .d., Slyde downe .4., backe a .d. one from another, meet againe. The same againe. Bodleian Library MS Douce 280 (c. 1605/6), transcribed by Wilson
A comment in one of the Inns of Court manuscripts, mentioned by Wilson, says that the dance was one of `the newest tunes that are now in vse' in 1584. However, this ballad to the tune is reprinted in Collmann's Ballads and Broadsides chiefly Of the Elizabethan Period; this ballad can be dated to 1570-1 via the Stationers' Register.
A proper new balade expressyng the fames, Concerning a warning to al London dames. To the tune of the blacke Almaine. You London dames, whose passyng fames Through out the world is spread, In to the skye, ascendyng hye To euery place is fled : For thorow each land and place, For beauties kyndely grace : You are renowmed ouer all, You haue the prayse and euer shall. What wight on earth that can beholde More dearer and fayrer dames than you? Therefore to extoll you I may be bolde, Your pace and graces so gay to vieu.