[SCA-Dance] etiquette while lifting a lady (was The Creepy, the rude, and the weird)

Felice Debbage felicedebbage at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 13:15:00 EDT 2009

Oh, lol. These "Toss the Somebody" dance stories are a treat. There was a
girl in my old group who got thrown into a chalkboard while dancing this
dance. They were dancing in a class room, and the guy apparentally didn't
grasp the part where you're supposed to put the dancer back *down*. She's a
woman, not a sack of potatoes!

Felice :-)

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 12:08 PM, Iohann se pipere <scalutenist at gmail.com>wrote:

> When I was new to the Society, I heard the Official Bransle called
> "Toss the Duchess" (its nickname in my kingdom) so often during my
> first events that I thought the lord was supposed to help the lady
> reach the greatest height possible.  Eventually, I learned that this
> causes problems for women.  I still enjoy seeing how high I can l help
> her jump (notice the word "help") but now judge her size so that I can
> help her gently return to the ground.
> And on this note, my favorite partners are those who have training in
> ballet, as these women jump high during this and other dances.
> Iohann se pipere
> Sable, a gyron argent
> Ars Longa Vita Brevis (art endures, life ends)
>  On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Andrea Collis<andrea.collis at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Here's another one.
> >
> > As a tiny female, dancing "toss the wench" is not my favourite.  I know
> how
> > to jump, but some lords take it upon themselves to see how high they can
> get
> > me.  Now the trip up is fine, but the trip down can be less then
> > comfortable.  There was once this lord who held me by the waist and let
> me
> > down ever so slowly, which actually meant that instead of landing
> normally
> > (my knees are just fine), my waist was crushed while waiting to be
> released.
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Good dancing to you!


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