[Anst-dancers] Resurrecting dance in Ansteorra

Russell Kinder russmax at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jun 14 00:35:37 PDT 2003

You're preaching to the choir, Francois.

I recall writing almost exactly those same words on lists just like
this many times. I think I even wrote them on this list. In the last
few years, even the strategy you outline here has failed me.

There is a critical mass that must be reached, I think. An event
steward is trying to draw Ansteorrans to the event, and prioritizes
activities accordingly. If no one really dances, then he has little
motivation to include it on the schedule. He's certainly not going to
bump some other activity so we can dance.


On Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 08:54  AM, Bordelon, Wendel wrote:

>> When did the dancing take place in Medieval/Renaissance times?
>> Where can we fit it in our events? Perhaps we need to present
>> dance during an event to show Ansteorra how it could work
>> into MOST all events.
> Wonderful idea but the commitment needs to be taken just a
> bit further. Nothing happens at an SCA without someone making
> it happen. There is no fighting, no feast, no A&S competition
> without someone deciding it needs to happen and organizing it.
> If you want dancing to become an automatic part of an event
> (like the A&S competition) then it must be part of just
> about every event, often enough and long enough that people
> come to expect there to be dancing at events.
> If you want it on the schedule, and wish for a defined time
> (and a place) to dance then get involved with the event
> planning from the START. Make it easy for the event Steward
> to have dance at the event by volunteering to do the work
> ask only for a time and place. Your enthusiasm and commitment
> is what will win people over.
> To paraphrase Smoky the Bear:  Only you can make dancing
> happen at events.
>> Is it possible to start with Coronation?
> There may still be time to get dancing in the official
> schedule for the day, someone should contact the Event
> Stewards if they are want to make it happen.  I know
> there will be a very large outdoor (under cover) area
> that dance could happen.  I also remember at least one
> Coronation where dancing was done in the aisle between
> courts.
> --Francois
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