A Summary of Dancing at Pennsic 27

Details remembered by Rosina:

Gregory ran the Ball.

Ball was Tuesday, Aug 11. Started 9:15 or 9:30, finished @ 12, then requests

The Carolingian's did a dance performance, the only European one as I recall, in the performing arts tent.

Almost Playford Country Dances

Learn to do reconstructions of three English country dances from MS Sloan 3858 in a style related to early Playford country dances. (8/9/98, 2-4 PM, Barn) Lord Henry of Maldon

An Exercise from Ebreo for Better Dancing

Guilelmo Ebreo gives several exercises by which one might make oneself a better dancer. We will attempt to implement one of these wherein several musicians play the same dance on several instruments, and the dancers attempt to dance in a manner appropriate to the instrument.

(8/9/98, 4-6 PM, Barn) Daniele di Padola


An introduction to the 15th-century Italian bassadanz repertoire; includes a number of reconstructions. (8/13/98, 11-noon, Barn) Lord Dani of the Seven Wells

The Bransles of Arbeau

A reconstruction of the various bransles presented in Arbeau‘s "Orchesography". (8/9/98, 1-2 PM, Barn) Lady Margaret


An easy arrangement of an internationally-popular 16th-century dance, unmistakably a Mating Dance

(rated PG-13). This is easy for beginning dancers, and there are optional embellishments for experienced dancers. (8/11/98, Noon-1 PM, Barn) Countess Mara

Coroso-Style Ball

Dance using the format of a high-society dance party in late 16th-century Italy. All requests, no instruction; people take turns choosing dances, and most dances are done one couple or one set at a

time. Essentially, it's a bardic circle for dancers with live music. All skill levels invited. Spectators welcome! (8/13/98, 3-5 PM, Barn) Countess Mara Kolarova

Caroso Conspiracy

Last Pennsic we planned a group project to transcribe, translate, and reconstruct Fabrito Caroso's "Il Bailarino" dance manual, published in 1581. We will discuss our progress on the translations already done. If you are interested in reconstructing dances, here‘s a chance to work on new material! (8/14/98, 3-4 PM, AS V) Gregory Blount

Catena d'Amore

What would a 16th-century Italian have made of “Turkey in the Straw"? Probably something similar to Negri's Catena d‘Amore, a fun, social dance for four couples. Previous dancing experience is nice, but Catena is not at all advanced. Come one, come all! (8/11/98, 11-noon, Barn) Master Sion Andreas

Dance Games

Poaching is period! Learn two period dances, La Caccia and Il Piantone. These are light, fun games, meant to amuse and not to be serious. Anyone can do them and enjoy them. All ages, genders, skill

levels, and shoe sizes welcome! (8/11/98, 10-11 AM, Barn) Master Sion Andreas

Dances Commonly Done Every Evening in the Barn

An assortment of period dances done each evening in the Barn. Time permitting, this will include English

Country, bransles, Italian, etc. (8/11/98, 1-2 PM, Barn) Lady Alina Foxwood

Dancing at the Inns of Court

The "Inns of Court" manuscripts were written between 1570 and 1675. They describe the dances done in the Inns of Court, a group of buildings in London used by trial lawyers. This class provides a "shoes-on" introduction to the dances (Almans, Measures, and Pavanes). (8/12/98, 10-11 AM, Barn) Gregory Blount

Early Italian Dances, Level I

The basic steps and dance forms, as well as four of the easiest and most popular balli (Petit Vriens, Gelosia, Anello, Rostiboli). For beginners. (8/9/98, 11 AM – 1 PM, Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

Early Italian Dances, Level II

Reviews the basic steps with a greater emphasis on ornamentation. Five balli (Leoncello, Vita di Cholino, Mercantia, Pizocara or Colonesse, and the version of Rostiboli for three dancers) will be taught, using these dances to examine the prevalent figures and concentrating on the interaction between dancers. Beginners are welcome, but may find the class progresses very fast. (8/10/98, 11 AM – 1 PM, Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

Early Italian Dances, Repertoire

For dancers familiar with early Italian dance. Students should know how to do the basic 15th-century steps (sempio, doppio, ripresa, piva, saltarello, etc.) About four dances will be taught, probably including Tesara, the version of Belreguardo for three dancers, Fia Guielmina (B), and Riunione (a bassadanza choreographed by the teacher). (8/12/98, 11 AM – 1 AM, Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

Engl. Country Dance Pattern Analysis

A presentation of the patterns and organization of figures in English Country Dances. With the Step Vocabulary, and understanding the common patterns, students will be able to do unfamiliar dances as they are called. Great preparation for evening dancing in the Barn. (8/13/98, 1-3 PM, Barn) Lady

Isabel D Triana 

Engl. Country Dance Step Vocabulary

An introduction to the figure elements used in English Country Dance. By learning the common building blocks of English Country Dances, you will be able to pick up unfamiliar dances quickly. (8/12/98, 2-4 PM, Barn) Lady Isabel D Triana

Experiments in English Country Dance

The instructor will teach four of his original choreographies and explain the processes used in their creation, including the decisions when, how (and why) to "bend the rules“, inventing or adapting

moves to keep new dances fresh, and "pushing the envelope" while remaining true to the feel and spirit of the form. Recommended for intermediate to advanced dancers interested in unusual choreographies or for those with an interest in creating new choreography. (8/11/98, 2-4 PM, Barn) Lord Dafydd Arth

Fifteenth-Century Italian Dances: Another Tradition

 Two 15th-century Italian dances (Lauro and Leoncello Vecchio) based on reconstructions done by Dr. Ingrid Brainard. The sources are ambiguous, so various researchers have differing interpretations. These steps look somewhat different from those spreading through the SCA in recent years. Beginners welcome. (8/12/98, 1-2 PM, Barn) Countess Mara Kolarova

The Finer Points of Brawling

Style and technique for late sixteenth-century French bransles, including variations to do if you get bored with the basics. (8/10/98, 2-4 PM, Barn) Lord Henry of Maldon

Grace; Style in English Country Dance

Intended for intermediate dancers, but all are welcome. The dance "Chestnut" will be taught as an example with the remaining class time spent polishing the performance to make it more graceful.

(8/10/98, 1-2 PM, Barn) Lord Antoine de Bayonne

How to Run a Coroso-style Ball

Discussion of how to run a more-or-less authentic late-16th-century Italian dance party at an SCA event. Class will assemble in the Barn as the Caroso-style Ball ends and move to the class site approximately 10 minutes later. (8/13/98, 5-6 PM, AS I) Countess Mara Kolarova

Introduction to Arbeau’s Bransle (With Ornamentation)

A "shoes-on" introduction to Arbeau‘s "Orchesography", a French dance manual from 1589. Dances range from the simple and fun to the very athletic and fun. We will look at some of the ornamentation

Arbeau suggests for advanced dancers wishing to show off (8/11/98, 4-5 PM, Barn) Gregory Blount

Introduction to Galliards

This is what the young and spry danced when the old, married folk went off to bed. A "shoes-on" introduction to the galliard. Knights! Your squires will learn balance if they learn to dance the galliard!

(8/13/98, 10-11 AM, Barn) Gregory Blount

Midair’s Dance Menagerie

A random assortment of personal favorites of the instructor. These are dances done in the evening at the Barn. No experience necessary! (8/10/98, 10-11 AM, Barn) Lord Midair MacCormaic

Playford Revisited

Re-construction of a few Playford danses you may have seen before in a different form. (8/8/98, Noon-2 PM, Barn) Lord Henry of Maldon

Rostiboli as a Performance Piece

Examines the concept of arranging and blocking social dances for performance purposes. Uses the Ballo Rostiboli arranged as a performance piece for four couples. Previous knowledge of the dance is helpful. While theory will be discussed, the class concentrates on teaching the performance arrangement (8/13/98, Noon – 1 PM, Barn) Master Sion Andreas

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