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

Faith Vedder vertfleur at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 5 19:21:59 PDT 2001


Definitely galliard!  This is an often ignored dance that can be flashy but adapts
to all levels of dancers easily.
Evelyn

Russell Kinder wrote:

> 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
> Canario.
>
>    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 cowboy.net 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:
> >
> >
> > 111111111111111111111111111111111111
> > 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.
> >
> > 2222222222222222222222222222222222222
> > 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.
> >
> > 3333333333333333333333333333333333333
> > 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.
> >
> > 4444444444444444444444444444444444444
> > 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.
> >
> > 5555555555555555555555555555555555555
> > 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.
> >
> > 666666666666666666666666666666666666
> > 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.
> >
> > 777777777777777777777777777777777777
> > 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 cowboy.net
> >
> > HL Guillaume de Troyes
> > Lady Isabeau Lallement
> >
>
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