AD - The Bylaws (proposed)

Russell russmax at cowboy.net
Tue Jul 13 01:18:41 PDT 1999


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Each Roman lettered bylaw would have to be approved as a whole or not,
though amendments can be made, and only require a majority vote, if I
remember Robert's Rules of Order correctly. The (amended) bylaw must
pass by a 2/3 majority, according to the Charter.
--Guillaume
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Bylaws of the Charter for the
Ansteorran Guild of European Dancers



I. Proctor’s Duties, Election, and Term of Office
A.	The Proctor's duties are as follows:
1.	To maintain a current roster of dance teachers in the Kingdom of
Ansteorra. 
2.	To assist groups in locating teachers for dance classes at events,
local meetings, revels, etc. 
3.	To assure assistance to groups who wish to start local dance guilds. 
4.	To keep informed on the progress, projects, and activities of local guilds.
5.	To report to the Kingdom Minister Of Arts and Sciences on the
progress, projects, and activities of the Guild.
6.	To coordinate the development and production of a Kingdom dance
manual, a recording of dance music, and a discography of dance recordings.
7.	To inform Guild Members of the Guild's activities and projects.

The Guild Proctor may appoint deputies to fulfill those duties as required.

The Proctor is chosen by a simple majority of the votes cast by Guild
Members. The vote is counted at a designated official Kingdom Calendar
event, announced to all Guild Members at least one month in advance, in
the Black Star or by newsletter, and by electronic communication.
Absentia votes are recognized. An absentia vote is a letter sent by an
absent Guild Member specifying how their vote should be cast on a
particular issue or election.

The Proctor's term of office shall be one year. No Proctor may be
elected to more than two consecutive terms. 



II. Recognition of Teaching Excellence:
Guild teachers are Guild Members who teach Medieval, Renaissance, and
SCA dance. The Guild will recognize three levels of excellence in dance
instruction. These are Inceptor, Journeyman, and Magister of Dance. 


A.	Inceptor--An Inceptor is a Guild teacher who meets the following
standards: 
1.	Has a knowledge of basic dance etiquette.
2.	Practices courtly and chivalrous behavior. 
3.	Has taught and lead at least five dances to a group of people. The
Inceptor is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology of
its steps, and its background information (type of dance and approximate
date and country of origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching. 

	A Guild member attains the level of Inceptor upon completion of the
following: 
1.	A letter with a list of dances taught and where each was taught is
sent to the Guild Proctor. 
2.	Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by an
Inceptor or higher level teacher, and one other member of the Guild who
was taught by the candidate.
3.	The Inceptor's name is then added to the roster of dance teachers in Ansteorra.


B.	Journeyman--A Journeyman is an Inceptor who also meets the following
standards: 
1.	Has taught and lead at least ten dances, from at least three
different countries or time periods, to a group of people. The
Journeyman is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology
of its steps, and its background information (type of dance; original
author, publisher, or source manuscript; and approximate date and
country of origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching. 
2.	Has been in charge of dancing at three or more events. This includes
running a ball or local dance practice, or teaching a dance class. In
the case of teaching a class, the teacher must provide a handout with
each dance's background and a tabulation of its choreography.
3.	Has competently danced at least once for a pre-designated dance
performance or competition.

An Inceptor attains the level of Journeyman upon completion of the
following: 
1.	A letter is sent to the Guild Proctor with these items: 1) a list of
dances taught and where each was taught, 2) a list of balls or practices
run, and 3) which dance was performed at which event.
2.	Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by a
Journeyman or higher level teacher, and one other member of the Guild
who was taught by the candidate.
3.	The Journeyman's name is then added to the roster of Journeymen dance
teachers in Ansteorra.


C.	Magister of Dance--A Magister of Dance is a Journeyman who also meets
the following standards: 
1.	Has taught and lead at least twenty dances, from at least five
different countries or time periods, to a group of people. The Magister
is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology of its
steps, and its background information (type of dance; original author,
publisher, or source manuscript; and approximate date and country of
origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching. 
2.	Has been in charge of dancing at six or more events. This includes
running a ball or local dance practice, or teaching a dance class. In
the case of teaching a class, the teacher must provide a handout with
each dance's background and a tabulation of its choreography.
3.	Has competently danced at least twice for a pre-designated dance
performance or competition.
4.	Has reconstructed at least two dances from original sources or
translations. An original choreography may be substituted for one
reconstruction. 

A person attains the level of Magister of Dance upon completion of the
following: 
1.	A letter is sent to the Guild Proctor with these items: 1) a list of
dances taught and where each was taught, 2) a list of balls or practices
run, 3) which dances were performed at which events, and 4) which dances
were reconstructed or choreographed.
2.	Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by a
Magister or higher level teacher, and one other member of the Guild who
was taught by the candidate.
3.	The letter must be witnessed and signed by any one of the following
persons: local Seneschal, local Minister of Arts, local dance guild
head. The Magister's name is then added to the roster of Magister dance
teachers in Ansteorra.

A Magister of Dance is expected to help local dance guilds near them get
started and keep going. A Magister of Dance is also expected to help
cause dance to happen at events, and to help hold dance events.




III. Regalia: 
The badge of A.G.E.D. is:  Or, a dance sable. Any member of A.G.E.D. may
wear the badge to signify their membership in the Guild.

In English:  A gold/yellow background with a black
horizontal zig-zag in the middle; think Charlie Brown's shirt.  It uses
the kingdom's colors and has a pun/cant on a heraldic "dance". 
{The regalia is from the original meeting at Crown Tourney}
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