[SCA-Dance] What belongs in a brief introductory dance article?

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 09:11:04 EDT 2009

Neat.  Sounds like some good ideas for what needs to be included.
(I'm trying to remember what was in the previous version of the

I'd be interested in reading it / commenting a bit, though with
everything else, I can't commit more than that in the time period

However,  I just wrote a short article for our kingdom newsletter this
month, just with the intention of inspiring people to dance and think
about the place of dance in period.  It is nothing special, it mostly
just references a few interesting tidbits of information from Arbeau
(and tries to even get fighters and such interested, though I may have
hyped it a bit much).  :)  But I could send it to you if you like, and
feel free to use it for any ideas, or to grab / revise any bits, if
they would be helpful?  (I'm sure that the laurels out there have
provided much better info for this sort of article, but figured I'd
offer in case it is useful)

Let me know if you'd like me to forward it to you.  Good luck with the article!
Darius the Dancer

On Sun, Jun 7, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Jane & Mark Waks<waks at comcast.net> wrote:
> There's a new edition of the Known World Handbook currently in process.
> A while back, I suggested to the editors that it should really have
> introductory articles on participatory activities, specifically things
> to do at events. As is my wont, I suggested dance and games as good
> things for people to do. I wasn't terribly astonished when they turned
> around a few days ago and asked me to write those articles.
> The games article is conceptually straightforward: describe a few good
> introductory games that you can pull out at an event and play. But I'm
> less certain about what belongs in the dance article, and I'm seeking input.
> The high-concept goal here is clear: do what can be done in a *short*
> article (limit of 2-3000 words) to give a new person a start on period
> dance for events. I *suspect* that it should have a very brief overview
> of the topic, but should mainly focus on describing a few appropriate
> dances, probably with a discography of a few good recordings. But I'm
> not even certain that that is the ideal approach, so I'm seeking
> suggestions and opinions.
> Note that this is short-burn: the article needs to get written in the
> next few weeks. So decisions are needed soon.
> I'd also be interested in folks editing/kibitzing/collaborating on this
> -- especially since there isn't a lot of time, and it has to be good
> (the submissions to KWH are going to be culled, so it has to make the
> cut), so it would be helpful to get some upfront commentary.
> Really, I wouldn't at all mind having someone take this off my hands, if
> someone has both the appropriate experience and thinks it sounds like a
> cool project -- since there's not a lot of time, and I have a clearer
> idea of what goes into the games article, I'd actually prefer to focus
> on that and have someone else do the dance one. So if you want a chance
> to get your name in lights here, drop me a note and let's talk -- I care
> that the article gets written, but I'm not particularly invested in me
> being the one who writes it...
>                                -- Justin
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