[SCA-Dance] Petit Vriens Considered Dangerous?

Mary Railing mrailing2 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 5 15:55:54 EDT 2011

I've heard many complaints about "mosh pit" Petit Vriens. I tell people, "If it 
would get you a penalty in hockey, you can't do it here," but that doesn't 
necessarily stop people from treating it like a game of chicken or red rover or 
crack the whip.

I thing that like other balli, Petit Vriens was originally meant for a single 
set. That doesn't leave out the possibility of improvising on the solos, but it 
would make crashing into another set impossible.


From: Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com>
Cc: SCA Dance <sca-dance at sca-dance.org>
Sent: Tue, April 5, 2011 1:06:19 PM
Subject: [SCA-Dance] Petit Vriens Considered Dangerous?

On Tue, 5 Apr 2011, Niki <janeeve2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Issues that have been discussed in prior classes include:
> Arming safely

It's not from personal experience, but I've heard that, at Gulf Wars,
Petit Vriens is a hazardous dance: people doing line-weaving can be
hazardous, but I think I've heard that there's someone there who loves
to do full-speed _impact_.  Anyone know better about this?

I should note that, a couple of years ago at a local event's dance
when I announced that there would be no contact / no weaving, at least
one couple left the floor in disappointment.

(BTW, can I safely assume that there's nothing about weaving in
Domenico or any other period source?)

Denyel de Lyncoln
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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