[SCA-Dance] Dancing at non-dance events

Ben Cogan donnghaile at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 11:01:04 EST 2014

Agreed, it is a prevailing trend all around, in Aethelmearc dancing has
become quite rare as well.

We used to have it after feast, but gradual attrition took over and now we
don't any more.  My extra comment comes that it coincides with another
phenom, and that's the earlier and earlier end times of events.  Back when
dancing actually happened after feast, the event closed at 11 or 12, and we
were still there washing dishes until 1 or 2 in the morning.  Now we're
closing the sites at 9 or 10 with the full intent off lights off everyone
out by 10 or 11.  Now I don't miss the days of washing dishes until it's
tomorrow, but closing events earlier has become our norm, and
the dancing has suffered.

When I started dancing in the 90s we regularly had 40-50 people attend our
weekly practices.  We'd have to yell at the gamers in the corner when they
were too loud, but we'd have 4 sets of heralds in love going at once, now
we have monthly dance practices, and wait to see how many people show up to
see if we can have any dances for 8.  It used to be one the major social
events, but now barely used.  I go less often myself now that I have kids,
but it seems that we're not really getting new blood in.

Anecdotal, to be sure, but yes, your frustrations are felt,


On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 20 Jan 2014, Sonya <patches023 at verizon.net> wrote:
> > However, when I have attended an event that is not dance
> > focused, such as the ones listed above, the dancing is usually scheduled
> for
> > right after the feast and it only happens 20 percent of the time.  What
> > usually happens is that court runs long or the feast runs long or both
> run
> > long and then everyone wants to pack up and go home or people need to
> help
> > clean up in the kitchen (which IS a very worthwhile thing to do) and
> dancing
> > is dropped.
> >
> > Is this something that just happens in Atlantia
> This is a tale I heard of a Dancers' Revolt event around Detroit.
> Dancing all day, but they announced that combat would be held after
> the feast and the ball.  So all the dancing wrapped up, and two
> gentlemen fully armed and armored stepped onto the floor ... only to
> be told that, gee, the feast ran long and the ball ran long and we
> have to get out of the hall before 11 PM, so, um, sorry, but we've had
> to cancel the tourney.  (One of the fighters may have been Midair,
> from Cynnabar; he's been prominent as the M.C. at the ball at
> Terpsichore at the Tower.)
> If it was enough of a cliche to be the basis of a joke in another
> kingdom at least a decade ago, it's probably pretty universal.
> Daniel Delicious
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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