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

Ben Pung ben at houseofpung.net
Mon Jun 8 11:49:32 EDT 2009

I put together something along these lines a while back. It's not  
quite the right format, but it might be a good starting place:



On Jun 7, 2009, at 11:31 AM, Jane & Mark Waks 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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