[SCA-Dance] "Self-declared level of ability"

Tim McDaniel tmcd at panix.com
Thu Jun 28 14:26:12 EDT 2012

On Thu, 28 Jun 2012, Justin du coeur <jducoeur at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
>> In my case, no.  I would be puzzled at how to answer: I'm pretty good
>> at ECD and Gresley but poor in Italian and horrid at bassedance (I
>> have more or less memorized the Iowa Zip Code Dance and that's it).
> ... huh.  I've been doing and teaching that dance my entire SCA
> career, and it had never occurred to me to look up *where* that zip
> code is...

The late Viscount Cai de Lyon taught it to us of the Steppes in the
early 1990s and called it the Iowa Zip Code Dance then.

If it puzzles anyone, I'm referring to the bassedance Cassule la
Nouvelle / Casulle la Novele / La spagna, where the count of doubles
in each phrase is 51513 (grande petite grande petite moyenne).
51513 is not a valid ZIP code, but if it were, it would be somewhere
near Carter Lake (near Council Bluffs), Iowa, per
Huh, it's almost an enclave entirely enclosed within Omaha, Nebraska.

I think I saw something, but can not find it now, suggesting that
Casulle la Novele is so popular because we have complete music for it,
not just for a tenor line.

Danihel ("I'll dance a bassedance", Janet said, "and ask no leave of
thee" / oh, in Carter Lake, in Carter Lake) de Lindonio
Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com

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