[SCA-Dance] Italian dance workshop suggestions

White,John john.white at drexel.edu
Thu Mar 14 10:01:48 EDT 2013

From:  Charlene Charette 

I'm planning an SCA Italian dance workshop. Out of curiosity, what would be your top three 15th C. and top three 16th C. Italian dances? (I have some ideas what I want to teach, but I'm interested in hearing what others would
do.) Assume no prior Italian dance knowledge.



Amoroso - easy, great flirting dance, and an easy way to introduce the "women go on the left for the even repeats"
with the return-to-your-partner bit of the last solo.

Rostiboli Gioioso - different kind of leave and return pattern, more steps, some play-acting available (in the "argument'

Gelosia - a dance for more than one couple, more play-acting/flirting, a few more new steps.


Contrapasso en Due - a really easy introduction to the style, with easily remembered bits (and some really fun bits, too).

Bizzaria d'Amore - multi-couple dance, a few more steps, verse-chorus pattern makes memorization easier, and the chorus is really fun (the hopping and the Charleston footwork).

Gracca Amoroso - reasonable example of the two-person style, verse-chorus pattern, solos, introduces a bunch more steps.


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