A Summary of Dancing at Pennsic 26

Pennsic 26 was the first year of the Pennsic Pile of Dance Music.

Details remembered by Rosina:

Midair ran dance.

There was a Caroso ball Weds at 230 PM.

The ball was held Thursday, supposedly at 9 PM, but Midrealm court only ended 930. It started with a masque, 'The Real Muse of Dance', which had 13 dances in it (one for each of the 13 claimants to being the real muse.). I don't recall if anyone who wanted could participate. I believe they included: Brawl Suite, Horses B, Petit Vriens, Black Alman, Madame Sosilia's, Rostiboli, Black Nag', Anello, Parson's Farewell', Sellengers, Hearts Ease, Road to the Isles done in a cruciform, and one other.

Ball ended @ 130 AM, with more dancing after.

Catena d'Amore

Master Sion introduces dancers to the "Chains of Love", whipping them into shape to face the discipline of 16th-century Italian dance. Catena is an intermediate dance level by Cesare Negri which bears similarities to both Trenchmore & the Tangle Bransle. (Wed. 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Barn) Master Sion Andreas

Dance Roundtable: Encouraging Early Dance

Aimed at dance teachers interested in encouraging pre-Playford dance. Discussion of available resources, which dances are currently performed in various areas, and what approaches to teaching those dances work well. (Mon. 11, noon – 1 p.m., AS IV) Gregory Blount

Dance Roundtable: Sources and Resources

“I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!” Intended for dance teachers of all levels. Discuss and display both modern secondary sources and various facsimiles (transcriptions, translations) of primary sources. (Thurs. 14, 5-6 p.m., AS I) Gregory Blount

English Country Dance 101

The basic steps of the English country dance. (Tues. 12, 9-10 a.m., Barn) Duncan Murry

Fifteenth-Century Balli

An intensive look at mixed-tempo balli. Covers the four basic dance tempi (piva, quadernario, saltarello, bassadanza) as well as dancing one dance type to the other tempi, improvisation and ornamentation. About four balli will be taught. Beginners are welcome but may find the class progresses very fast. (Tues. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

Improvisation in Italian Dance

Covers a few 15th- and 16th-century Italian dances; looks at improvisation techniques and clues in the dance for use in improvisation. (Fri. 15, 9-10 a.m., Barn) Master Delbert von Strassburg

The Inns of Court Dances

Dances that have their origins in manuscripts which survive from the Inns of Court (which housed lawyers and those studying law). Much of the reconstruction of these Almans and Pavans comes from Master Trahaern ap Ieuan and Mistress Jane Lynn of Fenmere. For any skill level. (Sat. 16, Noon-1 p.m., Barn) HL William Redcape of Iron Mountain

Intermediate English Country Dance

Dances include Glory of the West, Picking Up Sticks, Mayden Lane, and Newcastle. (Sat. 16, 10-11 a.m., Barn) Michaela de La Chesnaye

Measures for Everybody

A few of the Old Measures (choreographed couple dances) of Renaissance England with an introduction to the basic steps of measures. (Sun. 10, 1-2 p.m., Barn) Lord Henry of Maldon

Negri’s Canary from Hell

Negri’s Il Canario is one of the most complex Renaissance dances. This is an introduction to the dance form and this particular version. (Sat. 16, 11 a.m.-noon, Barn) Master Delbert von Strassburg

Non-Playford English Country Dances

Country dances from MS Sloane 3858, including alternate forms of dances which also appear in “The English Dancing Master” by John Playford. (Mon. 11, 9-10 a.m., Barn) Lord Henry of Maldon


Considered “bumpkinish” by the 15th century, fit only for peasants, yet done at parties when everyone was well “pickled.” Will teach the basic piva and three dances which use the piva step (Petit Riens, Amoroso, Belfiore). For all levels of experience. (Mon. 11, 11 a.m.-noon, Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

Two Dances from Negri

These are two of the more simple dances from Negri’s “Le Gratie d’Amore”. While Negri generally has the more complex dances of the period repertoire, these are a good introduction to his steps and style. (Mon. 11, Noon-1 p.m., Barn) Master Delbert von Strassburg


Fifteenth-century Italian dances which remain entirely in 4/4 time (like most English country dances). Will teach the steps needed as well as three dances from the following: Anello, Gelosia, Rosina, Vita di Cholino. For all skill levels. (Mon. 11, 3-4 p.m., Barn) Mistress Rosina del Bosco Chiaro

An SCA-Choreographed Dance. The dance, “Corwyn’s Folly”, was created in the style of a Scottish  country dance. It is of an intermediate level and requires an even number of lords and ladies. (Sun. 10, 2-3 p.m., Barn) Mistress Amber

Square Sets for 8 from Playford

Different square dances from the 1651 edition of Playford. Dances may include Hyde Park, If All the World Were Paper, Mage on a Cree, Fain I Would if I Could. For all skill levels. (However, “Fain” is challenging!) (Sun. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Barn) Lord Antoine de Bayonne

Teaching Techniques for Dancemasters

Ideas for teaching dance more effectively in the SCA. If you would like to introduce harder dances to your group, displace out-of-period dances with reconstructions, or increase attendance at your dance practices, I have some ideas. (Wed. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Barn) Mistress Mara Kolarova

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Gregory Blount of Isenfir (Greg Lindahl)