[SCA-Dance] Fw: How were dances taught?

Mary Railing mrailing2 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 15 23:22:28 EDT 2009

Indeed.  For example, Arbeau constantly tells Capriole things like, "Here are a few examples, and you can learn the rest from your companions."


From: Kirsten Garner <kngarner at sbcglobal.net>
To: sca-dance at sca-dance.org
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:28:42 PM
Subject: Re: [SCA-Dance] How were dances taught?


I'd also suggest that there was probably a fair amount of informal teaching. There are many mentions in period literature, letters, journals and the like about noble ladies gathering with their family and friends and dancing in their chambers until the wee hours of the morning on a semi-regular basis. Like modern dancers today, I find it difficult to believe that a group of folks who like to dance and with access to a music source (musician then, mp3 player now ;) wouldn't show each other the newest dances or variants on dances they'd learnt. :) 

Gleann Abhann



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