[SCA-Dance] UPDATE: Academia della Danza (aka Dancing in a Castle)

Judith judithsca at aol.com
Wed Dec 12 18:49:12 EST 2007


    I have updated the event announcement with travel, reservation and
schedule information.  Please note that reservations are due March 11, 2008.
Lufthansa is also offering 99 EUR specials to fly from most major airports
in Europe to Frankfurt International.

    Please forward this at will to disseminate the information.


Academia della Danza


Easter weekend 2008, March 21-23



The right noble lord Baron of the Ancient lands of Knights Crossing has
declared that his subjects, noble in their demeanour, should learn the
ancient art of dance, that they may better grace his court with knowledge of
this gentler art.  To this effect, he has hired sundry dance masters from
lands far and wide to come and provide instruction.  For one weekend, his
holding, the Pfälzer Schloss, shall play host to a school of dance, known in
the tongue of more refined courts as an academia della danza.  In addition
to learning, there shall be terpsichorean revels and a ball as no one has
seen in many years.  The lord baron bids one and all to come and partake!


Site information: Pfälzer Schloss, Pfälzergasse, Gross Umstadt, Germany.

Site opens at 1500 on Friday, March 21, and closes on Sunday, March 23 at
1500 (we must be cleaned up and out of the Hall by this point).  Site is wet
(which could significantly aid the rhythmically challenged in the pursuit of
.); there are no showers on site.  Site is limited to 110.


Classes:  Classes will begin at 1800 on Friday evening.  The last class will
finish at 1300 on Sunday, March 23.  There will be two tracks of classes, to
suit all tastes: a beginner track, and an intermediate/advanced track.


Ball:  There will be a formal ball on Saturday evening following feast,
which will be a reconstruction of a ball chronicled in Ulm in 1503.    After
this, there will be a more free-style dance revel until we can no longer
dance!  Music will be provided by the one and only Gaita, a professional
ensemble hailing from Edinburgh!


Food: There will be a hearty stew provided Friday evening, breakfast, lunch
and feast on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday (with leftovers from feast
serving as lunch).


Sleeping arrangements:  There is crash space  (no bedding) in the two halls
on site in the castle (one of which is not heated), but you must have your
bedding packed up and stored away out of sight during the day as these are
the same two halls in which we will be dancing.  Otherwise, Gross Umstadt is
a charming little medieval town with numerous reasonably priced inns
(reasonable = 50-90 EUR for a double room per night), one of which sits
directly across the street from the castle.  More details to follow.


Travel:  The site is reachable by public transportation (train and bus) via
Hanau, Frankfurt and Darmstadt Central Stations (stop: Gross Umstadt,
mitte).  The airport of choice is Frankfurt Main International.  Lufthansa
is running 99 EUR specials from all over Europe to Frankfurt.  Hahn Airport
is about 200 km from the site, and a 3 hour + ride by public transport.  For
help with making travel arrangements, please contact the event steward,


Cost: Total cost for the weekend will be 25 EUR per person over 12.
Children 7-12 10 EUR for the weekend.  Children under 7 are free.  There
will be a family cap of 55 EUR for the weekend.  Because the size of the
site is limited, we ask that families consider before bringing small
children.  The only two rooms on site are the rooms in which classes will be
held, which means that small children will not truly have a place to play
(unless the weather holds, and they can play outside in the courtyard).  So
unless children are actively (and more or less attentively) participating in
classes, please consider whether it is a good idea to bring them.


Event Steward/Reservationist: Judith de Northumbria (Rachel Lorenz), Zum
Steckengarten 21, 63322 Rödermark, Germany.  +49 (0)6074-211-8045


Reservations: The only real reservation is a paid reservation (for people
within the EU), or a copy of confirmed travel arrangements.  Deadlines for
reservations is March 11, 2008.  Please transfer the total sum of the
reservation to:


Name of Account Holder: Greg Leonard Oliphant

Account Number: 0048130231

Bank Code: 508 526 51

Bank name: Sparkasse Dieburg

Purpose of transaction: Academia


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