[SCA-Dance] Saltarello la Regina and Saltarello II?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Fri Apr 11 17:26:54 EDT 2008

On Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 01:41:02PM -0500, Tim McDaniel wrote:

> The Terpsichore dance book says that Saltarello la Regina and
> Saltarello II are SCA choreographies.  Are they period style at all?

You can find the original article about this dance in the Letter of


Ihon's article about Saltarello II was in volume 5 of the LoD, which
is stuck in web pergatory at the moment, awaiting a few fixes.

The first one has been discussed here a couple of times. It comes
across to me as being a bit too much like ECD: the tune chosen happens
to have a 'chorus' and the open and closed endings happen to be of the
same length. If you instead used a more typical tune without these
features you'd probably choreograph a pretty different dance to
it... perhaps you'd have different step sequences for the open and
closed endings.

Also, later 15c dances in the Saltarello misura have syncopated steps,
and have 2 motions per 3 beat group. The choreography treats the music
like an ECD jig, with 1 motion per 3 beat group.

If you look back at the previous discussion, there were plenty of
opinions expressed.

-- Gregory

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