[SCA-Dance] One Hour of Dance - Class details

Aaron Elkiss aelkiss at umich.edu
Wed Mar 24 14:46:10 EDT 2010

We've been doing it that way for a while at Terpsichore and it often
gets a somewhat mixed reception from people who aren't expecting it,
but I don't think it's that uncommon. At Step Spritely and at KWDS VII
Martin and Duffy have provided some pretty crazy bransle suites...
Whether you can do it I think it depends on large degree to the band
and the adventurousness of the band leader. At Crystal Ball and
Pennsic for example, the band is basically a pick-up band, and it's
LARGE. You can't do anything too complicated or it will fall apart.
For Terpsichore we spend some time practicing the bransle suite --
listening to the person in charge and being ready for a change. It
doesn't always work perfectly, but it's always fun for me at least :)

- Aaron Drummond
Barony of Cynnabar

On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Mar 2010, David Learmonth <david.a.learmonth at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> - one potential addition that has been mentioned is that I should
>> edit my music to have an extra repeat, and then to NOT call out the
>> dances before hand, but instead to just let people treat it more
>> like a bransle suite, giving them that first repeat (or a few bars)
>> to get into appropriate groups
> Tangent: the bransle suite at Terpsichore was not like the few bransle
> suites I'd seen elsewhere -- though since I don't go to wars or many
> dance events, maybe this variation is common.
> The version I had seen had an announced list of N bransles, and they
> were done in order, several repetitions of each.  At Terp, I think the
> bransles were done in sequence at first, but then one musician would
> play solo (presumably first signalling the others to stop and listen)
> to jump into a bransle, and the other musicians would join in after a
> phrase.  And the playing wasn't necessarily at the start of the
> bransle, but could be in the middle; for example, jumping into the
> "paw paw step" part of Horses' Bransle.
> Denyel Lincoln
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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