[SCA-Dance] Suggestions for 2 couple dances?

White, John john.white at drexel.edu
Fri Oct 10 10:55:23 EDT 2008

> From: Elisabeth Fairchild
> Would anyone have a suggestion for a 2 couple dance or two that we
> could do? Preferably English Country. We're also in need of finding an
> Italian dance to do as the presentation dance. 
> Any suggestions would be wonderful!
> Thanks!
> Lady Elisabeth (Lynnaea) Fairchild
> Oaken Chronicler
For ECD, there are a finite number of 2 couple dances, and they've
all been mentioned.  Parson's Farewell is pretty showy, as is St
Cuckolds All a Row is cute, especially if people get the reference.

For Italian, I was going to suggest Mercantia especially as a showpiece
it tells a very clear story, and can be hammed up really well.  There
also a large number of 3-person 15th Century Italians - as suggested,
Belfiore is really easy, and Vita di Cholino has a verse-chorus
(as popularly reconstructed) that makes it easy to learn as well.
also the 3-person Rostiboli which is very showy.  And then there's also
16th century Bella Gioiosa which in its popular reconstruction is very
as well.

     \\Dafydd Cyhoeddwr

PS  Joy and Jealousy will get you instructions for Mercantia, Belfiore
Vita.  My website (http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~white/ddance.html) will
you the various ECD reconstructions (though these are generally
throughout the web) as well as the 3-person Rostiboli.

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