[SCA-Dance] n couples in couple dances?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Tue Oct 16 15:13:44 EDT 2007

On Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 12:52:20PM +0100, Marianne Perdomo Machin wrote:

> Is there evidence for or against bassedances (italian or otherwise) 
> being for any number of couples?
> How about balli? Gresley dances?

The 1503 German dance party description that Judith found has multiple
sets dancing. Alas, the local newsletter that was the only place I
could find something published about it is no longer online.

There are a small number of 16th century Italian dances which say that
they are done by multiple sets. The Barriera in Santucci is one -- it's
a dance for one couple, but at the end, it says:

auertendo,                      noting,
ch? d^a Barriera,               that aforesaid Barriera,
si puo fare in quattro,         they can themselves to do in four,
in sei,                         in six,
in otto,                        in eight,
e piu,                          and more,

-- Gregory

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