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Dance at Pennsic 39

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Greetings from Judith, by the Grace of God Countess of the Royal House of Drachenwald!

This year I once more have the pleasure of leading activities in honor of the muse of dance, Terpsichore. There shall be a full range of classes scheduled in the Dance Pavilion, ranging from absolute beginner (everyday at 10 am and 3pm - see schedule for details) to very advanced - there will be something for everyone who wishes to learn. We will also be offering wide variety of themed night-time revels in the dance pavilion open to everyone, even to those who do not wish to dance at all! This year's Grand Ball (in the barn) shall be a Color Ball, to whit the tinctures red and black (see ball information for further details), and it shall once more be taking place on Tuesday of War Week. Even if you have never tried dancing before, maybe this should be your year - visit the magical atmosphere of the redecorated Pavilion and give it a whirl!

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Mailing List

There's a mailing list for dance at Pennsic. To subscribe or look at the archive, check out this spiffy webpage.


Thanks to Gwommy, we also have a record of how many people danced every dance, and how many people attended every class and ball. Wow.

Evening Festivities

Evening Festivities Details

Open Dancing

Wednesday-Saturday, August 4-7, 9:00 pm, Dance Pavilion

The pavilion will be open and musicians available for general social merriment. All levels of dance will be offered, with some teaching/leading. People are encouraged to stop by whether they wish to dance or not!

Beginners' Ball

Sunday August 8, 9:00 pm, Dance Pavilion

"I am not a dancer." Neither was anyone before they danced for the first time. The Beginners' Ball is your opportunity to explore the myriad joys of dance. Join us on Sunday, August 8, at 9 pm, for a ball that is open to all levels of dancers, but that caters to those with absolutely no dance experience. We will enjoy a lively assortment of dances, and don't worry: you CAN dance at this ball (everything will be taught). Music will be provided by an open band assembled at Pennsic. We welcome musicians to join us in our celebration. In addition, light refreshments will be served.

Set lists:

Set I: Sellengers Round, Montard Bransle, Lorayne Alman, New Bo Peep, Upon A Summers Day

Set II: Gathering Peasecods, Horse Branle, Black Alman, Petite Reinse

Set III: Jenny Pluck Pears, Washerwoman's Bransle, Madame Sosilia Alman, A Piva, Rufty Tufty, Hearts Ease

Set IV: Goddesses, Pease Bransle, Amoroso, A Galliard, Gelosia

Set V: Hyde Park, Annello, Belle Qui Pavanne, Chirantana, Rostiboli Gioioso

Corsets and Codpieces: a 16th Century Revel

Monday, August 9, 9:00 pm, Dance Pavilion

Join Master Lorenzo di Petrucci and Lady Katherine Mercer as they kick up their heels at a 16th century revel.  We'll have live music, period refreshments, and a selection of favorite dances from England, France, and Italy.  Beginners to advanced dancers are all welcome!

The band will be a pickup band led by Master Avatar and the Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble -- come out and play with us.

Pennsic Grand Ball

Tuesday, August 10, 9:00 pm, Barn

To all who read these words, may it be known that the Grand Ball, held in the barn of the town of Pennsic on August 9th of the 2010th year of the Incarnation, shall be a colour ball in the tradition of the court of lord Phillip, Duke of Burgundy, Count of Charolais, etc., and that the colors shall be black and red to create a resplendent ambiance in the darkness of the evening. Don garments of one or both colors and come and dance away the evening! (the wearing of red and black is not a requirement for participation, merely an attempt to add flair to the proceedings)

Tentative list of dances:

A Ball from 1503

Wednesday August 11, 4:00 pm, Dance Pavilion

Lord Simon de Lalaing, retainer in the retinue of the Archduke of Austria, chronicled a ball held in Ulm in 1503, to celebrate the progress of his Lord. Come and help us recreate this very elegant, yet strangely egalitarian style of festivity, with food and refreshments to tempt your palettes!


Wednesday August 11, 10:00 pm, Dance Pavilion

An evening of music provided for social dancing of a simpler sort. Be warned! The musicians do the choosing, can you keep up?

Hosted by Michael von Wolgemut (Yes, that Wolgemut!)

The Feast of San Giovanni

Thursday, August 12 9pm Dance Pavilion

Upon the 12th of August, the Feast of San Giovanni, Judith, Countess of the Royal House of Drachenwald, invites all to revel in the style of the courts of Sforza, Burgundy, and Lancaster. Music for dancing shall be provided by the ensemble known as Istanpitta, and the gaming tables shall be open. Allow all of your senses to be satisfied! Festivities shall begin around the ninth hour, with food and beverage for all!

Previous Years

Check out the archive of previous Pennsic dance info.


Check out the archive of documents related to Dance at Pennsic. Not ISO-9001 compliant, but close enough for the SCA.

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