[SCA-Dance] 9 verses of Rufty Tufty?!

Mary Railing mrailing2 at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 7 20:22:39 EDT 2011

If you want a copy of the "Ansteorra Kingdom Dance Workshop" booklet, give me a paper address, and I'll send it to you. Note that it is of value mainly for historical interest, as a snapshot of the state of dance in Ansteorra at the time when Vashti was just beginning to encourage Italian dance down there. She got Master Sion to fly in to teach at the seminar, which is why the tape contains music for a couple of Negri dances and the Canario. I recall Vashti saying that she was having trouble getting the musicians to play music for dances that they were not familiar with, which is why the Canario came out sounding more like a waltz.

So my guess is that the versions of Black Nag and Rufty Tufty on the tape were done by imitating a recording, rather than by the musicians having a standard arrangement available. The instructions for Rufty Tufty in the booklet give the standard verses, and then say, "repeat entire dance until music ends." The instructions for Black Nag say nothing about repeating the dance. The booklet is a compilation of handouts, so the amount of information given for each dance varies.


From: "tmcd at panix.com" <tmcd at panix.com>
To: sca-dance at sca-dance.org
Sent: Sunday, August 7, 2011 6:47 PM
Subject: [SCA-Dance]  9 verses of Rufty Tufty?!

I'm ripping my tape copy of "Ansteorran Kingdom Dance Workshop July
1990" to my computer.

One track is Black Nag.  The version we often dance to (on CD) has 9
verses, where the set does one rep (3 verses), the first couple peels
off to the bottom, a second rep (3 verses), then the second couple
peels to the bottem, and a third rep.  Anyone have any idea why Marcus
il Volpe might have put a version with 8 reps on the tape?  My best
guess is that he was trying for 9 and miscounted.  (I'm going to try to
duplicate the last rep to pad it to 9.)

Rufty Tufty is in Playford with 3 verses.  The version of Rufty Tufty
he did has 9 verses with a topping of an outro of 16 beats!  Does
anyone have any idea what (per)version of Rufty Tufty had 9 verses?  I
don't see a way to do the Playford version (two couples facing) thes
same way as with Black Nag: even if you swap partners at the end of a
rep, that's two reps when this tape has three.  In quick Googling, I
found a version that's for as many couples as will in a circle, but it
was still 3 verses and there was no progression.  The only
possibilities I can think of are
- he wasn't familiar with the dance
- there was a progressive version, perhaps based on the circle version

The few Google hits have a review that said that there was an
accompanying booklet, but I don't have it.

Danett de Lincoln
Tim McDaniel; Reply-To: tmcd at panix.com
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