[SCA-Dance] New group looking for teachers and resources

Mikuláš migulas at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 06:43:26 EDT 2007

Arthur Bogard wrote:
> Hello there.  I am Arthur of Gleann Iaruinn, a canton of the Middle Marches
> in the Midrealm.  Although Gleann Iaruinn has been around for a long time, a
> new incipient group has been started here at Shawnee State University.
> We're working extremely closely with GI, but I'm also stretching out to
> other groups for resources so that the group has some legs to stand on in
> the coming years when I depart for Atlantia.  That brings me to the point of
> this message:  I am looking for resources to use to teach myself and others
> on the campus dance.  I know of several people interested in the arts side
> of the SCA, but our resources are low in that area.  I am reaching out to
> you all to see if anyone has any good resources (books, online, video
> (preferable)) for us to teach ourselves medieval dance.  We are interested
> in a variety of styles, and I would appreciate it if you all would help us.
> On a side note: we're hosting a Schola on the 3rd of November in Portsmouth,
> Oh (our first event), and if anyone is interested in attending or teaching,
> we would love to hear from you.  I am the autocrat of the event, so please
> direct all questinos to me.  I appreciate your time, and I hope to hear back
> from some of you regarding resources or attendance.
> Arthur Bogard
> 179th AW, Ohio ANG
> Shawnee State University
> Clark Planetarium Senior Operator
> Cell: 740-464-1551
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Hi there,

very sorry, there is no way you can reach a variety of styles while 
learning medieval dance, you can only come up with variety of 
(sometimemes depressing) interpretations of sources relating (very 
vaguely, I have to add with a deep sight) to it.
What can you do, birefly:

a) Check the basse-dance sources (Bruusel ms., Moderne, Coplande, 
Cervera ms.), most of them on-line throu SCA pages suggested by 
Brandubh.  They provide a lot of fun stuff and can easily drive you 
insane by their ambiguity, but it is the closest to the "medieval" you 
can get.

b) Work through early renaissance in Italy (try Joy and Jealousy on the 
web http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/Joy_Jealousy , for further 
research look into books thoes ladies worked with: Smith, Sparti, etc.) 
and try to guess how could the Piva and Saltarello have looked like 
fifty years earlier. It will be just an educated guess, though.

c) Have a look at branles, use Arena ( 
http://gallica.bnf.fr/scripts/ConsultationTout.exe?O=N071525 ) and 
Arbeau ( http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/musdi.219 or 
http://graner.net/nicolas/arbeau/ ),  take the easy dances and use them 
on some not-so-much-renaissance-like-music. They definitely DID some 
round dancing in the middle ages, since nobody realy nows, how they 
looked like, they might have looked something like branle double, simple 
and so on.

d) Have fun with the pictures! http://www.chnutz.de/

Good luck...


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