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

Alex Clark alexbclark at pennswoods.net
Sat Jun 13 02:11:18 EDT 2009

I started to write an article for this purpose a few months ago. I've 
been working on it in the last few days, and pretty much of it is done. 
In a week or two I might be ready to offer it to this list for peer review.

I'm trying to fit in instructions for the piva, Petit Riense, three 
branles (Montarde, Horses', and Peas'), pavane, Black Alman, and 
Gathering Peascods. This might be too many dances to write up in terms 
suitable for beginners while at the same time giving a brief overview 
and general advice, but if they fit then I'm keeping all of them in.

Henry of Maldon/Alex Clark

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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