[SCA-Dance] Dance at the SCA 50 Celebration

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 21:21:52 EDT 2015

Yup, something like it has been done.

At KWDS in Seattle I believe, the musicians did it as a dancer challenge.
But they did have us form up into 2 couple sets, for one of the "suites".

The funny thing was that they played one tune, that in their region was
used for a 2 couple dance, but in my region, it had its own dance that
required 3 couples.  No one knew the 2 couple version, so I ran and grabbed
a couple from another set, and started dancing the real dance (the one with
the same name as the tune).  I think the musicians were rather confused.  :)

I've also run my Hour of Dance, which is an hour of dancing, with just the
pauses between tracks on an mp3 player.  But for that, I do tend to tell
people which formation to switch to in those few seconds.

I've been finding that, while in theory you could just put on music and let
people either figure out the dance, or improvise another one, you either
need them to be well known enough, or to have the same formation, or
another option would be if messing up dances on purpose (like Rufty Tufty
to Washerwoman's Bransle, for example), if you give just a few minutes to
plan before the music starts, the dancers can come up with some neat
variations.  (I've been wanting to run a dance class / fun hour session of

Oh, and one other example, is Margaret Raynsford once did a class where she
spliced together the verses and choruses of 9 ECDs, so we danced 1 ECD
dance for about 30 minutes, with 27 verses and choruses.  :)  That was fun!


On 26 August 2015 at 20:14, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> On Wed, 26 Aug 2015, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:
> > Has anyone ever done a contest where a bunch of dancers are strewn
> > about the floor, music starts playing, and they have to, on their own,
> > recognize the dance, form sets, and start dancing?
> Maybe that's what "Name that (Dance) Tune" means?  If so, I guess I
> just failed at "Name that 'Name that (Dance) Tune'".
> Danihel de Lindecolina
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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