AD - Proposed Bylaws for Kingdom Dance Guild...

Russell Kinder russmax at cowboy.net
Mon Sep 20 17:23:27 PDT 1999


As promised, here is the text version of the proposed bylaws:

Bylaws of the Charter for the
Ansteorran Guild of European Dancers

1.  Guild Proctor's Duties, Election, and Term of Office

    1.1  The Guild Proctor's duties are as follows:
         1.1.1  To maintain a current roster of dance teachers in the
                Kingdom of Ansteorra. 
         1.1.2  To assist groups in locating teachers for dance classes
                at events, local meetings, revels, etc. 
         1.1.3  To assure assistance to groups who wish to start local
                dance guilds. 
         1.1.4  To keep informed on the progress, projects, and
                activities of local guilds.
         1.1.5  To report to the Kingdom Minister Of Arts and Sciences
                on the progress, projects, and activities of the Guild.
         1.1.6  To coordinate the development and production of a
                Kingdom dance manual, a recording of dance music, and a
                discography of dance recordings.
         1.1.7  To inform Guild Members of the Guild's activities and
                projects.

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

    1.3  How the Guild Proctor is elected.
         1.3.1  The Guild Proctor is chosen by a simple majority of the
                votes cast by Guild Members.
         1.3.2  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.
         1.3.3  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.

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


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

    2.1  Inceptor--An Inceptor is a Guild teacher who meets the
         following standards: 
         2.1.1  Has a knowledge of basic dance etiquette.
         2.1.2  Practices courtly and chivalrous behavior. 
         2.1.3  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. 
         2.1.4  A Guild member attains the level of Inceptor upon
                completion of the following: 
                2.1.4.1  A letter with a list of dances taught and where
                         each was taught is sent to the Guild Proctor. 
                2.1.4.2  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.
                2.1.4.3  The Inceptor's name is then added to the roster
                         of dance teachers in Ansteorra.

    2.2  Journeyman--A Journeyman is an Inceptor who also meets the
         following standards: 
         2.2.1  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. 
         2.2.2  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.
         2.2.3  Has competently danced at least once for a pre-
                designated dance performance or competition.
         2.2.4  An Inceptor attains the level of Journeyman upon
                completion of the following: 
                2.2.4.1  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.
                2.2.4.2  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.
                2.2.4.3  The Journeyman's name is then added to the
                         roster of Journeymen dance teachers in
                         Ansteorra.

    2.3  Magister of Dance--A Magister of Dance is a Journeyman who also
         meets the following standards: 
         2.3.1  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. 
         2.3.2  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.
         2.3.3  Has competently danced at least twice for a pre-
                designated dance performance or competition.
         2.3.4  Has reconstructed at least two dances from original
                sources or translations. An original choreography may be
                substituted for one reconstruction. 
         2.3.5  A person attains the level of Magister of Dance upon
                completion of the following: 
                2.3.5.1  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.
                2.3.5.2  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.
                2.3.5.3  The Magister's name is then added to the roster
                         of Magister dance teachers in Ansteorra.
         2.3.6  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.

3.  Regalia: 
    3.1  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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