AD - Bylaws discussions at Steppes Warlord.

Russell russmax at cowboy.net
Wed Jun 2 11:00:55 PDT 1999


   After the Charter was agreed upon, we began discussing bylaws.

   We all agreed that we needed bylaws to define the Proctors duties,
and define how to elect the Proctor. None present at the meeting found
anything controversial about the Proctor section. We hope it can be
added to the Charter as soon as possible after the Charter is signed.

   Here is what we agreed on for the Proctor section of the bylaws:

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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.

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

 C. 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.

 D. The Proctor's term of office shall be one year. No Proctor may be
elected to more than two consecutive terms. 
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   After that, discussion turned to Levels. Everyone was generally in
favor of levels. Many were strongly in favor, others only a little in
favor. The fear that we will stratify the guild with elitism remains to
a small degree.

   Recognition levels for performers were discussed. The consensus
seemed to be that the Guild should recognize excellence in dance
performance by recommending those who perform well for Kingdom awards,
such as a Thistle in dance. It was agreed that a performance is its own
reward, whether for competition or show. We also recognized that there
would be no real way to recognize excellence in dance performance
without making the dancers perform for assembled Guild members, who
would then have to make subjective judgements on how good the dancer is.

   We debated level advancement for teachers by review from a group
fellow Guild members vs. sending in a letter endorsed by a higher level
Guild member. Ihon said that a bad teacher with Guild endorsement makes
the Guild look bad (in favor of group peer review). Isabeau and Elin
think that having to be evaluated by a group while teaching puts undue
pressure on the teacher. Philip thinks that the requirements outlined in
the level descriptions are qualification enough. Guillaume thinks the
group peer review process would be unfair or at least uneven. Some would
have an easy review, others a difficult one. Also, it would be
cumbersome to Guild members at events, who would rather be dancing for fun.

   A compromise was suggested to have a higher level guild teacher and
one other member of the Guild sign off on EACH requirement that the
advancing teacher meets, instead of signing off on the letter as a
whole. Thus a teacher and a student must verify that the candidate
competently meets each requirement. All seemed satisfied with this. The
additional requirement for Seneschal, A&S minister, etc. to sign the
letter to the Proctor was struck down.

   Guillaume brought up that there is something missing from the level
descriptions. The highest level members should have some defined duties
and responsibilities. Many groups in Ansteorra don't have dance guilds.
At many events, there is no dancing. The following responsibilities were
suggested for Magister level.

1.  Expected to help local dance guilds (in addition to one's own local
group) in Ansteorra get started and keep going.
2.  Expected to help cause dance to happen at events and to help hold
dance events.

   Ihon was not wholly in favor of stating these in the bylaws, as they
seem implied by nature of the levels. At that point, Ihon had to leave.

   We reviewed the section on teacher recognition, fine-tuning it and
implementing the things discussed above. The following is what we came
up with. This is much more tentative and controversial than the Proctor
section above, so remember that the following is still open for debate
at upcoming events. Also remember that we still have to pass the bylaws
by a 2/3 majority after the Guild is instituted.


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Bylaws of the Charter for the
Ansteorran Guild of European Dancers
(continued)

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.
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   That was as far as the Bylaws discussion went. Regalia was mentioned
once in passing, but not really discussed. The meeting adjourned around
3:30 in the afternoon.

Lord Guillaume de Troyes
Keeper of minutes for the meeting
and acting Guild Proctor

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