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

Aaron Elkiss aelkiss at umich.edu
Wed Mar 24 14:52:04 EDT 2010

Yeah -- the usual plan of attack is to just make a suite out of
whatever bransles happen to be taught that particular year. Sometimes
that works better than others:)


On Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 2:47 PM, David Learmonth
<david.a.learmonth at gmail.com> wrote:
> Up in Ealdormere, this is often how we'll have our suites, and I think it
> has migrated over to Terp.  We enjoy it as part of the game of trying to
> keep up / figure out the dances.
> Though the implementation wasn't perfect on this one.  There were just a few
> aspects that threw it off a bit:
> - probably could have done an extra repetition or two of each bransle in the
> initial in-order lineup
> - Felice's class was first thing in the morning, and so not too many people
> caught it, so we probably should have had a very quick walk through of the
> dances before they started as well, partly to make sure we would all do the
> same version.  (I also messed up and was doing some different variations,
> and was calling these, just to give people something to work with for those
> who weren't certain what to do)  - I think this was Felice's plan, just that
> in the hustle and bustle, it didn't end up happening.
> - it was difficult to hear during music transitions, which made it more of a
> challenge.  Perhaps the lone musician who was leading needed to be mic'ed a
> bit louder.  (at our event in Ealdormere, we don't have as many people, so
> it isn't too much of an issue)
> - Some Bransle suites appear to work better than others:
>  - the traditional one (Cassandra, Pinagay, Charlotte, War, Aridan) seems
> to work well.  This may partly be because they all maintain the same
> directions  (i.e. you don't end up having to all go in and out of the
> circle, like in Maltese, for example).  But it is still fun to try random
> assorted suites.  :)
>   - but also, we noted that normally you have the first 4 beats to figure
> out the dance, but Double and Single bransle seems to sound the same for
> this portion.
> (of course if we jump to the latter half of a dance, then we just have to be
> on the ball to correct for this as quick as we can)
> Yeah, I just wanted to make some comments.  It was still fun, and a worthy
> effort, just a little bit chaotic.  :)
> Darius
> 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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