AD - Re: Please help us decide what to teach at KDMW

Russell Kinder russmax at
Thu Apr 5 00:23:48 PDT 2001

Fellow Dancers (and event organizers),

   We posted this note about 6 weeks ago here on Ansteorra-Dancers. Since
then, we have received 2 responses. One was for us to teach La Volta, and
the other was to teach Galliards emphasizing movement and style, rather than
rote step patterns.

   Isabeau is currently spending several months in Spain, where she is
learning some traditional Spanish dances. Isabeau has requested that we
teach Il Canario using some of the Spanish styling she is learning. Il
Canario is in an Italian source, but that source claims that it is a Spanish
dance form.

   Thus, we desire to teach 2 classes: La Volta (with galliards) & Il
Canario. We will need 90 minutes to teach La Volta, and 3 hours to teach Il

   We notice the class schedule for Kingdom Dance is being set up for 1 hour
time blocks. We will adapt to whatever is available, but we have found 90
minute blocks to be much better suited to dance classes. On the other hand,
the 1 hour blocks allow more classes and a larger variety. We just wanted to
make the suggestion for longer class periods.

   Please, please, please do not schedule either of our classes opposite
Yvonne Kendall's dance class, if she teaches one. If this happens, we
suspect one of our classes will not get taught.

Merci beaucoup,
HL Guillaume de Troyes et Lady Isabeau Lallement

on 2/21/2001 1:49 AM, Russell Kinder at russmax at wrote:

> Ansteorran Dancers,
> My partner, Lady Isabeau Lallement, and I would like to teach two classes at
> Kingdom Dance. Our problem is that we have so many really great dances we
> would like to teach. I ask the members of this list to help us decide what
> dances we should teach. Each of these dances would require a full 90 minute
> class period (or more) to teach. These are the choices we present:
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> La Volta and the Galliard
> Intermediate to advanced level.
> EXTREMELY AEROBIC, strong ankles and knees required. Partners preferred but
> not necessary.
> Danced in the movies Shakespeare In Love & Elizabeth, La Volta is a high
> energy dance that guarantees a good time for all. Along with galliards, we
> will teach the step the dance focuses on: volte, during which the woman leaps
> into the air as her man spins her around. The close body contact the spins
> require in addition to flying skirts made the dance very shocking for the
> courts of France and England, as well as extremely popular. In La Volta, it
> was said, "There is always some pleasant sight." From Arbeau's Orchesography.
> We performed this for A&S war point at Gulf Wars 2000.
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> Introduction to 16th Century Italian
> Intermediate level.
> Using a simplified version of Caroso's Ballo del Fiore and then Negri's Lo
> Spagnoletto, this gives an introduction to some 16th century Italian dance
> steps.
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> Allegrezza d'Amore
> Advanced level
> A 16th century Italian dance we have reconstructed together. For 3 dancers per
> set: a light, playful and very lively dance with quite an assortment of nifty
> steps. From Caroso's Nobilta di Dame.
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> Brando di Cales
> Advanced level
> A 16th century Italian dance that Lady Isabeau has reconstructed. It also has
> a great variety of steps with numerous tempo changes, including pavan,
> galliard, and courante rhythms. This is a very fun dance from Negri's Le
> Gratie d'Amore.
> Performed by the Barony of Namron dancers at the Nov. 2000 Laurel's Prize
> Tourney.
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> Introduction to Galliards
> Intermediate level, aerobic, strong ankles and knees recommended.
> Learn the cinque passi di gagliarde. It's simple. 1-2-3-4 & 5. Right. But it
> is very fun. We'll teach the basic 5-step, then see how many of the galliard
> variations we can work in. Not all dance from the renaissance is choreographed
> from the beginning note til the end. The galliard, like the pavan, is one of
> the most popular renaissance dance styles. We will use Arbeau and Negri as
> sources.
> Every SCA dancer should know how to galliard. Pisaro made his men galliard
> around the ship deck, in their armor, every day on their journey to the new
> world, to keep them in shape.
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> So Ben Mi C'ha Buon Tempo (I know who's having a good time)
> Advanced level. A bit aerobic.
> This is the one that hooked Isabeau and me on 16th century Italian dance. It
> has choreographed pavan and galliard sections, and is very exciting for both
> performer and audience. From Negri's Le Gratie d'Amore.
> Performed at Gulf Wars in 1999.
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> Il Canario
> Very advanced level. Strong ankles and knees recommended.
> If this is desired I will obtain Master Delbert von Strasbourg's permission to
> teach his reconstruction of Il Canario. This dance paints a scenario of
> flirting and seduction as the lord and lady alternate dancing toward and away
> from each other. The man stamps his feet commandingly, and the lady responds
> by tapping and gliding demurely. This would require two 90 minute sessions to
> teach, and no whining allowed. :-) From Negri's Le Gratie d'Amore.
> Performed at Twentieth Year Celebration with HL Philip and HL Elin.
> -------------------------------------
> Thank you for help in choosing what dances we should teach. At the time we
> were practicing them, each of these was our favorite, so it is very hard to
> decide. Please reply to this list, or to russmax at
> HL Guillaume de Troyes
> Lady Isabeau Lallement

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