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

Donna lgp477 at up.net
Thu Jul 23 08:17:37 EDT 2009

Really enjoying this thread!  Our little egalitarian Shire, when we
still had enough people to dance, would occasionally do the Very Unperiod
(but then so is Korobushka) "Unofficial Bransle" (aka "Toss the Knave"), and
a young gentleman who also had ballet training and I enjoyed
taking turns attempting to pitch each other toward the ceiling.  The landing
can be a stumbling block though, as Felice has said - another guy never
quite grasped that he was supposed to bend his knees on coming down.  And
the lifter does need to assist in the descent, not pile drive the partner
into the floor!  If you have sufficient interest, a tutorial in proper
lifting (i.e. how not to require the offices of a chirurgeon for either you
or your partner) can be fun.

Yep, Korobushka stories.  One year my partner at Crystal Ball knelt on the
wrong knee, I went cattywampus, and we both ended up in a heap on the floor
laughing hysterically...


On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM, (John) Byron Boyd <SCAlutenist at gmail.com>wrote:

> I have dropped a lady on the floor, but it wasn't during the Official
> Bransle.  Perhaps other kingdoms follow the custom of the "surprise
> ending" during Korobushka.  Here, experienced dancers often end it with
> the lady sitting on the thigh of the kneeling lord.  Once, when I and my
> partner did this, she sat on my thigh so that she was not balanced.  I
> tried to hold her, but she feel backwards onto the floor.
> --- In sca-dance at yahoogroups.com, Felice Debbage <felicedebbage at ...>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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 :-)
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