AD - First official meeting of Ansteorran Guild of European Dancers

Russell russmax at cowboy.net
Mon Jul 26 01:17:48 PDT 1999


Members of the Guild,

   I'm down to the wire for announcing our next meeting.

   After a small amount of discussion on the Ansteorran Dance list (and
hearing no objection), I have picked Elfsea Defender as the event for
the 1st meeting of A.G.E.D. I will contact the autocrat, and figure out
what the best time of day to meet is. Likely, we'll meet around the list
field in my household's pavilion.

   Respond to me at russmax at cowboy.net if you have any questions or suggestions.



Topics of Discussion

A. Electing the official proctor.

   I'm only the acting proctor. Whether the guild chooses to retain me,
or elect someone else, my job for now is only to get this ball rolling.

B. Ratifying (or not) the proposed Bylaws.

   These will also be open to discussion and amendment at the meeting. I
am attaching the proposed Bylaws in RTF format for your convenience.

In service to Ansteorra and A.G.E.D.
HL Guillaume de Troyes

Addendum:
These people don't have e-mail. If you know them and can get this
announcement to them, please do so, and let me know. Thanks
Andre de Chartre
Ashlynn Blackhart
Paedrickia O'Mora
Suzanne of Eldern Hills




Bylaws of the Charter for the
Ansteorran Guild of European Dancers

I. Guild Proctor’s Duties, Election, and Term of Office
	A.	The Guild 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.

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

	C.	How the Guild Proctor is elected.
		1.	The Guild Proctor is chosen by a simple majority of the 
			votes cast by Guild Members.
		2.	The vote is counted at a designated official Kingdom 
			Calendar event, announced to all Guild Members at least two 
			months in advance, in the Black Star or by newsletter, and
			by electronic communication.
		3.	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.

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


II. Recognition of Teaching Excellence:
	A.	The Guild will recognize three levels of excellence in dance 
		instruction. These are Inceptor, Journeyman, and Magister of 
		Dance. 

		1.	Inceptor--An Inceptor is a Guild teacher who meets the 
			following standards: 
			a.	Has a knowledge of basic dance etiquette.
			b.	Practices courtly and chivalrous behavior. 
			c.	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. 
			d.	A Guild member attains the level of Inceptor upon 
				completion of the following: 
				i.	A letter with a list of dances taught and where 
					each was taught is sent to the Guild Proctor. 
				ii.	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.
				iii.	The Inceptor's name is then added to the roster 
					of dance teachers in Ansteorra.

		2.	Journeyman--A Journeyman is an Inceptor who also meets the 
			following standards: 
			a.	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. 
			b.	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.
			c.	Has competently danced at least once for a pre-
				designated dance performance or competition.
			d.	An Inceptor attains the level of Journeyman upon 
				completion of the following: 
				i.	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.
				ii.	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.
				iii.	The Journeyman's name is then added to the roster
					of Journeymen dance teachers in Ansteorra.

		3.	Magister of Dance--A Magister of Dance is a Journeyman who 
			also meets the following standards: 
			a.	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. 
			b.	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.
			c.	Has competently danced at least twice for a pre-
				designated dance performance or competition.
			d.	Has reconstructed at least two dances from original 
				sources or translations. An original choreography may 
				be substituted for one reconstruction. 
			e.	A person attains the level of Magister of Dance upon 
				completion of the following: 
				i.	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.
				ii.	Each requirement met must be verified and signed 
					in the letter by a Magister of Dance and one 
					other member of the Guild who was taught by the 
					candidate.
				iii.	The Magister's name is then added to the roster 
					of Magister dance teachers in Ansteorra.
			f.	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: 
	A.	The badge of A.G.E.D. is
		Or, a dance sable. 

		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". Any 
		member of A.G.E.D. may wear the badge to signify their membership 
		in the Guild.

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