[Anst-dancers] Dance Manual Comments

Craig Shupee' philipwhite at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 5 07:21:19 PDT 2003

Hi all,

I have some comments on what people want form the dance manual.

My impresion is that we could have a manual that reflected the dances 
performed in the Kingdom and thier regional variations.  Simple as that.

So I'll use Belfiore since there seems to be some kind of stink about adding 
this.  I'll just makes some points using it as an example.

Belfiore being most often danced to a midi file should not be cause for 
rejection from the manual.  I use midi files in my guild and my classes.  I 
know others do the same.  I am not going to limit my learning because there 
is not a readily avaliable sorce of pretty music.  I think this rejection is 
backward to people learning dance, because the midi file makes the 
choreography even more accesible.  The midi file is on the web - so if 
someones resources are limited, they can still dance.

The sheet music to Belfiore is avaliable online.  I think this would also be 
enough for a dance to be included into the manual.  I dont want to make the 
impression that we are rejecting live music for the sake of recorded music.

I've tought Belfiore in every region of Ansteorra over the last five years.  
Its been performed in balls, danced both to live music and to recorded 
music.  I've probably tought it to all of you, more than once.  My point 
being, some one is consistantly teaching it with people continuing to learn 
it.  Is this not enough reson to include a dance into the manual?

Some people dont like it.  Is that enough reason to reject a dance from the 
manual?  I like it... why can't it be there?  I havn't stomped my foot on 
any dance and said - I don't like that dance, don't put it in there.  I just 
think - hmm - I will not teach that.  It's that simple - and should be that 
simple with all dances included in the manual.

Reguarless, I will continue teaching Belfiore.  As such, I think the dance 
manual should reflect that.  The Manual should reflect what is being tought 
in the Kingdom.

What this boils down to is - whose dance manual is this going to be?  Its 
origional incarnation was as a manual for Northern Ansteorra.  Now, if it is 
going to become the Ansteorran Dance Manual, then it needs to reflect the 
standards of the entire Kingdom, not of the editorial staff.  If anything - 
Dance Manual decisions should be made with consultation of the whole guild 
led by the Proctor.

Your Servant to Command,

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