Classes for Dance at Pennsic 48

 Pennsic University 48 Dance Class Schedule

   The class list is the same as the list in Thing... with changes since initial publication highlighted.

 Changes made after the the book was printed

 Changes from initial schedule which are in the final book

 Classes

When Duration Where Name Instructor Description
07-31
12:00
1.0 Dance Tent Low, Slow and Flirtatious: Lauro Countess Judith de Northumbria A beginner-level bassadanza - the "Queen of the Dance" - composed by Lorenzo de' Medici. All footwork and rhythms to be taught. No dance experience required!
07-31
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Low, Slow and Flirtatious for Three: Pelligrina Countess Judith de Northumbria Highly seductive, this is an intermediate bassadanza for three. Dancers should be familiar with doppii, sempii, saltarelli, and riprese.
07-31
16:00
1.0 Dance Tent Flirtation à Trois: Belfiore Countess Judith de Northumbria My reconstruction of the flirtatious 15th-century threesome, Belfiore, a popular, highly entertaining dance! All levels welcome!
08-01
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Branles I Learned from Arbeau Thl Henry of Maldon Branles, group dances from France, as learned from Orchésographie by Thoinot Arbeau, with some details you might not have learned before.
08-01
12:00
2.0 Dance Tent Penta Pentamere Dance Class Baroness Gwenllyen the Minstrel There are three Penta Pentamere Dance CDs. Come and learn the dances and the history behind them. The dances will be chosen by the people who come to class. Yay, dancing!
08-01
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner's Footwork for English Country Dance Lady Sarah le Payller Starting off on the correct foot allows the figures to flow more easily in English Country Dance. Brand-new beginners to intermediate level.
08-01
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: English Country Thl Henry of Maldon If you've never danced in the SCA, or just a bit, these dances are a great way to get started, learn basic concepts, and get ready to go out to dance.
08-01
16:00
3.0 Dance Tent An Enchanted Picnic Countess Judith de Northumbria Shed the shackles of modernity and join us for an enchanted afternoon of dancing, dining, story telling, singing, conversation - all in persona! This gathering shall be reminiscent of the picnics and noble gatherings described in works such as the Decameron and the Book of the Courtier. Whether or not you have a fully developed persona, come partake in a magical afternoon. If you like, come prepared with a period-style story to tell, song to sing, dance to do or share. We shall even have the pleasure of soloist musician Meister Albrecht Catsprey to play for us!
08-02
10:00
1.0 Dance Tent Unusual Playford Dances Duchess Diana Alene Tregirtse Excellent new music has come out for these uncommon Playford Dances. Three couples dances: Adson's Saraband and Shepheard's Holyday, along with a setting of longways dance, The London Gentlewoman for 4 couples. All of these dances use unusual patterns for both verses and choruses. All levels of dancers are welcome.
08-02
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Adsons Saraband: Advanced ECD Footwork Lady Sarah le Payller Focusing on the footwork of this 3-couple ECD dance makes it more elegant and easier to dance. Students will ideally have some familiarity with ECD.
08-02
12:00
2.0 Dance Tent Running a Dance Musician Pit Master Albrecht Catsprey This lecture and applied performing class will discuss methods for running and conducting pickup musicians' group to support SCA dance events. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and be ready to do some playing and possibly some conducting. We'll go through methods and key techniques to have a smoothly run dance event, using coordination with the dance teacher and interaction with all musicians. Please bring instrument, music stand, and Pennsic pile copy.
08-02
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner English Country Dance Ariana De Gallo We will go through the basics of English Country Dance and learn dances based on the number of participants.
08-02
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: English Measures Thl Henry of Maldon A suite of dances for beginners: the basic dance syllabus for the gentry of later Elizabethan England. This class also serves as practice for the solemn English Revel.
08-02
16:00
2.0 Dance Tent Death of an Amazon: A 15th-Century Sword Dance Countess Judith de Northumbria My own 15th-century-style choreography depicting the battle between Penthesilea and Achilles. An action-packed performance!
08-02
21:00
3.0 Dance Tent English Revels Thl Henry of Maldon Come one and all to the solemn revel and post-revel (and a little banquet, too) at which we shall dance the Old Measures and other English dances. For those who do not know all of the Old Measures, printed memoranda shall be available.
08-03
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Dances for Tonight's Early Bird Ball Baroness Gwenllyen the Minstrel Learn the four dances that will not be taught at the Early Bird Ball. As of the time of the book being printed we are planning on Bella Gioiosa, Old Mole, a Galliard, and Hunting of the Squirrel. Other dances from the ball will be taught if time permits.
08-03
12:00
2.0 Dance Tent Weaving the Dance: Tesara Countess Judith de Northumbria An advanced 15th-century performance dance for ten people mimicking the weaving of brocade. A visually stunning and exciting routine to be performed at the Feast of the Phoenix on War Tuesday!
08-03
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: English Country Thl Henry of Maldon If you've never danced in the SCA, or just a bit, these dances are a great way to get started, learn basic concepts, and get ready to go out to dance.
08-03
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: Branles Thl Henry of Maldon Never danced before? No problem! This class will start with basic steps and patterns, and then introduce you to fun branles from 16th-century France.
08-03
16:00
1.0 Dance Tent Fun 15th-Century English Dances Countess Judith de Northumbria Different versions of the fun 15th-century English dances Oringe & Grene Gynger. All footwork taught; suited for all levels!
08-03
17:00
1.0 Dance Tent Petits Vriens: Two New Ways! Countess Judith de Northumbria Come try two new versions of Petits Vriens, one for three people and the other for three couples! All levels welcome and catered to!
08-03
21:00
3.0 Dance Tent Early Bird Ball Baroness Gwenllyen the Minstrel Most dances will be taught (a quick walk through)! Lots of fun dances and opportunities to greet old friends and to meet new ones! If you are interested in playing in the band, Siri Toivosdotter will be organizing the music and directing.
08-04
09:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance for Families Lord Richard de Troyes Some simple steps and dances will be taught to introduce children of all ages and their families to period European dancing. No experience needed.
08-04
10:00
1.0 Dance Tent Unusual Playford Dances Duchess Diana Alene Tregirtse Excellent new music has come out for these uncommon Playford Dances. Three couples dances: Adson's Saraband and Shepheard's Holyday, along with a setting of longways dance, The London Gentlewoman for 4 couples. All of these dances use unusual patterns for both verses and choruses. All levels of dancers are welcome.
08-04
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Fun, Flirty Beginner Italian Dances Lord Hermankyn Do you like dancing? Do you like flirting? Try these fun Italian dances that combine the two activities: Rosetiboli Gioioso, Gelosia, and Anello.
08-04
12:00
2.0 Dance Tent Running a Dance Musician Pit Master Albrecht Catsprey This lecture and applied performing class will discuss methods for running and conducting pickup musicians' group to support SCA dance events. Musicians, bring your acoustic instruments and be ready to do some playing and possibly some conducting. We'll go through methods and key techniques to have a smoothly run dance event, using coordination with the dance teacher and interaction with all musicians. Please bring instrument, music stand, and Pennsic pile copy.
08-04
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: Absolute Beginner Thl Henry of Maldon Never danced before? This class is for you! Basic stuff will be taught at a beginner level, including popular dances that are done at revels.
08-04
15:00
1.5 Dance Tent Amoroso: A Tale of Two Dances Countess Judith de Northumbria Learn the two (more interesting) original versions of this popular flirty dance. Come get a fresh perspective!
08-04
16:30
1.5 Dance Tent Advanced 15th-Century Dance: Fia Guilemina a due Countess Judith de Northumbria The most complicated, yet elegant, 15th-century couple's dance of which we know. You and your partner will impress both the crowd and yourselves.
08-04
21:00
3.0 Dance Tent Beginner's Ball Gregory Blount At the Beginner's Ball, we teach all of the dances. Never danced? Not a problem! A perfect ball for the eager but still learning. No partner is needed. Bring your friends! All musicians are welcome, too! The pit is open! The more the merrier!
08-05
09:00
1.0 Dance Tent Dancing for Children: Circles and Chases Master Martin Bildner While open to all ages, the class will be geared towards fun and frolicking rather than perfecting steps and is suitable for ages four and up. All youth in attendance require a responsible adult to be present. After learning some basic steps, the class will cover a variety of circle dances before turning to the controlled chaos of chasing and "follow the leader" dances.
08-05
10:00
2.0 Dance Tent English Country Dances from the Manuscripts Thl Henry of Maldon Dances from the Sloane MS, the Lovelace/Church MS, or both, including Jack Pudding, The Jumbling of Jone, The Picking of Stickes, The Mariners, et al.
08-05
12:00
1.0 Dance Tent European Dance Flash Mob! Thl Lorita deSiena Let's give the folks in the food court a fun surprise! We will start in the European Dance Pavilion to muster and choose a dance. Depending on headcount and dancer/musician skill level, we will probably do either Petite Vriens or Gracca Amorosa. Once we know what we're doing, we'll wander over to the food court and set up for our surprise performance. Musicians are welcome, nay, requested, to join us!
08-05
12:00
2.0 Dance Tent Choral Ball Rehearsal Thl Siri Toivosdotter Moved to the University Battlefield tent at noon on Sunday, 8/4 Singers and instrumentalists, come rehearse for the Choral Ball which will be held Monday evening of War Week. If possible, procure music and practice tracks in advance on the Facebook Group SCA Choral Ensemble. Walk-ins are welcome; some music will be provided. This rehearsal is not required to participate in the Ball, but it will be very helpful. Singers are encouraged to take a look and listen to the music ahead of time.
08-05
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: 15th-Century Italian Thl Henry of Maldon No experience needed! Come and learn some of the easier (and popular) dances from the 15th-century Italian repertoire. Bring both of your left feet.
08-05
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: English Country Lord Richard de Troyes Simple English country dances are a great introduction to period dance. All steps and patterns for several dances will be taught; no partner required.
08-05
16:00
1.0 Dance Tent English Country Dances Beyond Cecil Sharp Thl Henry of Maldon Cecil Sharp discussed English country dances in the early 20th century, but there are some that do not accept Sharp as the final authority.
08-05
17:00
2.0 Dance Tent Swedish Sword Dance Mistress Emma Danskona Buffons were not the only sword dance in period. This class will attempt to reconstruct a Swedish sword dance from the 16th century and compare it to a Shetland folk dance from the island of Papa Stour.
08-05
17:00
1.0 Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent Play Dance Music Arrangements from Lochac Lord Geoffrey of Exeter Join Lord Geoffrey of Exeter, former Queen's Bardic Champion of the East, and Lady Jeneur le Geline of Lochac for a fun hour playing through Geoffrey's Renaissance dance arrangements as used in Lochac. Other musicians from Lochac will be present. Will be most suited to players with at least intermediate sight-reading abilities. To get an advance look at the arrangements we will play, you can visit www.davidyardleymusic.com.
08-05
21:00
3.0 Dance Tent Choral Ball Thl Siri Toivosdotter Dance to the music of choristers! Sheet music provided for singers and instrumentalists; also available on the SCA Choral Ensemble Facebook group.
08-06
09:00
1.0 Dance Tent Dancing for Children: Emundr's Favourites Master Martin Bildner It's never too early to learn to dance! Selected by a five-year-old, the class will be geared towards fun and frolicking rather than perfecting steps, and is suitable for ages three and up. All youth in attendance require a responsible adult to be present. Dances will include Sellenger's Round, Petit Vriens, Rose Bransle, galliards and more.
08-06
10:00
1.0 Dance Tent Gratzioso and La Graziosa Duchess Diana Alene Tregirtse This is a great window into the evolution of dance style in 15th-century Italy. The first by Ebreo (1462) is in the style made famous by Domenico during the first half of the century. The second (Giorgio Ms 1480s) is very much in the style that developed in the late 1470s, 1480s, and beyond and formed a lot of the basis of the latter Il Papa dances (1517). Both are delightful dances. All level dancers are welcome.
08-06
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Contentezza D'Amore Lady Rebecca da Firenze Come learn Contentezza D'Amore, one of the most beautiful of the 16th-century balli! I will be teaching the version from Nobiltà di Dame, Signor Caroso's second book, wherein he corrects all the errors of his first; if you think you already know it, be warned! Dancers of all ages welcome. This is an advanced class.
08-06
12:00
1.0 Dance Tent Flirtatious 15th-Century Set Dances: Pizochara Countess Judith de Northumbria A fun allegorical set dance depicting the less official happenings in monastic communities. Tempo changes and all steps to be taught!
08-06
13:00
1.0 Dance Tent Two Partners Are Better Than One! Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir Three is my favorite number, and several of my favorite dances are for three people! Come learn 15th-century Italian dances for three: Belfiore, Gioioso in Tre, and Vita di Cholino. All steps will be taught, and these dances are fairly easy to learn.
08-06
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Gracca Amorosa for Beginners Lady Rebecca da Firenze Come learn Gracca Amorosa, one of the most popular 16th-C cascarde. Dancers of all ages welcome. Prior dance experience helpful but not required.
08-06
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner Dance: 15th-Century Italian Lord Richard de Troyes Never danced before, or afraid to try Italian steps? All steps and patterns for several simple and popular dances will be taught; no partner required.
08-06
16:00
2.0 Dance Tent A Fearsome Foursome: Fia Guilemina for Four Countess Judith de Northumbria This delightful passion play for four people represents one of the most challenging, yet gratifying dances of the 15th century. Test your mettle!
08-06
21:00
4.0 Dance Tent Feast of the Phoenix Countess Judith de Northumbria Join us for the Feast of the Phoenix, a 15th-century-style costume ball! Many of the dances will be quickly taught, and participants are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite Beast or Bird of fact or legend. An array of delicious refreshments shall be provided, and we will, of course, have live music provided by guest ensemble Istanpitta. The ball shall be framed by a series of performance dances celebrating rebirth and new beginnings! Whether you dance or not, come and be part of the spectacle!
08-06
21:00
4.0 Great Hall Clan Blue Feather Ball & Fashion Cotillion Baron Joshua MacDonald the Imperfekt All are welcome to join Clan Blue Feather once again for our annual Ball and Fashion Cotillion! Come for food, fun, dancing, music, costumes, revelry, a free raffle with amazing prizes, and special award prizes for the most outstanding garb. Remember, you don't have to wear your best garb, just wear what makes you look your best!
08-07
09:00
1.0 Dance Tent Dancing for Children: Stories and Improvising Master Martin Bildner While open to all ages, the class will be geared towards fun and frolicking rather than perfecting steps, and is suitable for ages four and up. All youth in attendance require a responsible adult to be present. After learning some basic steps, the class will cover a variety of dances that tell stories as well as more free-form dances.
08-07
10:00
1.0 Dance Tent Eight-Person Madness Lord Hermankyn Eight-person English Country dances! Starting with Faine I Would If I Could. We will do *Hyde Park" if there is time.
08-07
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent New Italianate Dances for Teaching Beginners Thl Henry of Maldon Scadiana Nuova and (time permitting) Luna Amorosa, two recent choreographies designed to orient beginners to steps and figures of dances in the Caroso tradition.
08-07
12:00
1.0 Dance Tent Dances Without Dignity Lord Hermankyn Let's do some high energy dancing. These dances could be done slowly and stately - but not today: Petit Riens, Gathering Peascods, Montarde Bransle.
08-07
13:00
1.0 Dance Tent Chiara Stella Lady Rebecca da Firenze Come learn Chiara Stella, a lovely cascarda from Il Ballarino! Dancers of all ages welcome. This is an advanced class.
08-07
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent European Dance for Total Beginners Lord Hakon Hrafnsson Curious about dancing but never tried it before? This class is for you! We'll learn some very basic steps and then use simple terms to learn an easy dance from four different traditions: Inns of Court, English Country, bransles, and Italian. Specific dances are Queen's Almain, Rufty Tufty, Double/Single Bransle, and Petit Vriens.
08-07
14:00
1.0 Casa Bardicci Low, Slow, and Flirtatious: Gioliva Countess Judith de Northumbria Gioliva: a bassadanza tale of courtship and window-shopping. Footwork to be taught, all levels welcome!
08-07
15:00
1.0 Dance Tent Beginner English Country Dance Ariana De Gallo We will go through the basics of English Country Dance and learn dances based on the number of participants.
08-07
15:00
2.0 Casa Bardicci (E19) Dancing in the Villa Countess Judith de Northumbria Join us for a magical 15th-century afternoon ball surrounded by the ambiance of Casa Bardicci. Live music shall be provided by Musica Tramontana and light refreshments served.
08-07
17:00
1.0 Dance Tent Gresley Favourites Mistress Emma Danskona A selection of our favourite 15th-century English dances from the Gresley manuscript. These are dances for pairs and trios, and are easy to pick up for beginners.
08-07
18:00
1.0 Dance Tent Meet-the-Dance-Faculty Social Gregory Blount Everyone is invited to meet the people who make the Pennsic School of European Dance happen! This event is open for all students and dancers to meet this year's faculty and staff. We encourage all to attend. A group picture of staff and teachers will be taken!
08-08
09:00
1.0 Dance Tent All Ages Revel Lady Rebecca da Firenze For those who like to dance, but can't stay up late enough to attend the evening revels! Featuring dances from the Youth Track, which will be taught. We'll have period snacks and live music!
08-08
10:00
1.0 Dance Tent Nail the Hey Lord Hakon Hrafnsson One of the more confusing steps in English Country Dance, especially for new dancers, is the Hey. Come learn how to nail it every time. We'll walk through three-person heys, four-person heys, and heys in the round, with and without hands. Then we will learn Grimstock, which has three different types of heys.
08-08
11:00
1.0 Dance Tent Gratzioso and La Graziosa Duchess Diana Alene Tregirtse This is a great window into the evolution of dance style in 15th-century Italy. The first by Ebreo (1462) is in the style made famous by Domenico during the first half of the century. The second (Giorgio Ms 1480s) is very much in the style that developed in the late 1470s, 1480s, and beyond and formed a lot of the basis of the latter Il Papa dances (1517). Both are delightful dances. All level dancers are welcome.
08-08
12:00
1.0 Dance Tent Bransles with Partners Lord Hakon Hrafnsson Many bransles are for any number of people, but some require partners. In this class we will dance Horses Bransle, Washerwoman's Bransle, and Official Bransle, adding Pease Bransle if there is time.
08-08
13:00
1.0 Dance Tent Contrapasso da Farsi in Ruota Lady Rebecca da Firenze Come learn Contrapasso da Farsi in Ruota, a lovely ballo from Nobiltà in the style of earlier contrapassi. Dancers of all ages welcome. Prior dance experience helpful but not required - we will be teaching steps. If we finish early, I will also teach Villanella.
08-08
14:00
1.0 Dance Tent Medieval Dances for Everyone Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir Let's dance! Need I say more? All ages and abilities welcome. No fancy footwork, just an hour of moving to the music, from a variety of European styles.
08-08
15:00
2.0 Dance Tent Gresley Dances: Troublesome Tribus Mistress Emma Danskona These 15th-century English dances are for groups of three and are slightly more challenging.
08-08
21:00
3.5 Dance Tent Reduction Ball Lady Sonya Flicker (Patches) This ball will feature a series of dances starting with dances for as many as will, then progressively smaller sets, and ending with dances for single dancers. The ball is open to all levels of dancers (partners and fancy garb not necessary). Music will be provided by an open band assembled at Pennsic. We welcome musicians to join us in our celebration. In addition, there will be light refreshments available.
08-09
09:00
3.0 Dance Tent Dance Floor Break-Down Pennsic Dance Staff Please come and help us break down the dance floor. This is an amazing resource that lets us dance all throughout War safely and happily. There's a job for every person who can come. We are generally done by noonish, so this will not take up your whole day. Thank you!
  Thank you to the wonderful people at the Pennsic University Thing for not minding that I borrowed part of their class-list!

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