Terpsichore XVII Class Schedule

Terpsichore XVII Class Schedule

March 19, 2011

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English Country

9 AM
Using Dance to Meet, Flirt With, Impress, and Court Your Future Mate -
Baron Midair
Level: Any
Are you lonely? Looking for companionship? Want to find your significant other?  My friend, the answer is simple: use the art of dance!  At dance practices and Balls, the woeful and forlorn are there for the taking.  Those attending this class will learn five guaranteed ways to ask someone to dance and have them accept, seventeen flirting techniques that result in amorous responses, and twelve movimenti that will pavane your partner directly to the altar of marriage.  The choice is yours: are you ready to take this first step?

10 AM:
Beginning English Country - Lady Chaya-Simcha
Level: Beginner
Never danced before? This class is for you. Learn three fun, popular English Country Dances: Gathering Peascods, Black Nag, and Sellinger's Round.

11 AM:
Longways for 4 Couples - Lord Ermenrich
Level: Intermediate
Learn three classic but less widely-known Playford dances for four couples: Bonny Bonny Broom, Spanish Jeepsie, and Milk-Maid's Bob. Did you know that Spanish Jeepsie was published in all 18 editions of The Dancing Master?

1 PM:
Playford's Garden - Lord Rannulf d'Aubraye and Lady Michaela de La Chesnaye des Bois
Level: Beginner / Intermediate 
Learn "All in a Garden Green," "Cuckolds All a Row," "Old Mole," and "Jenny Pluck'd Apples" (yes, Apples) in this nature-themed English Country class.

2 PM:
More Easy English - Lord Aaron Drummond
Level: Beginner
Now that you've learned the bare essentials, learn three more fun and easy dances with great tunes: Upon a Summer's Day, Chestnut, and Merry Merry Milkmaids

3 PM:
Working with Reconstructions - Lord John Brighton
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
So you have a Terpsichore booklet, but it seems just as cryptic as Playford's original instructions! This class will focus on learning dances unfamiliar to the participants using reconstructions; the exact dances will depend on the number and level of participants.

15th Century Italian

9 AM
How to Overthrow Dance Practice and Use It For More Appropriate Arms Training -
Sgt. Midair
Level: Any
Dancers seem to have it all for their practice locations: a large spacious rooms, access to quality drinking water, musical support, and women. While fighters have the might to take over these practice rooms by force, I suggest that a subtle takeover will yield far greater rewards. In this class we will discuss 1) how fighters can gain the favor of dancers by just showing up at a practice, 2) ways to gain part of the space for arms practice by offering to "share" the space in return for "protection", 3) methods for making male dancers irrelevant for dancing, making them available as part of a new shield wall or at least as water bearers, and 4) what to do when a fighter regresses and wants to dance instead of taking up arms. Practical application of the skills learned in this class will be demonstrated during the evening Ball. This class is for fighters (armored and rapier) only.

10 AM:
Fia Guielmina - Lord Gwommy Anpurpaidh
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Fia Guielmina is a 15th century Italian dance for couples by Domenico. It's a very flirtatious dance despite dancing half the dance on opposite sides of the room.

11 AM:
Easy Italian - Lady Magdalena Vogelsang
Level: Beginner
Learn three 15th Century Italian dances ranging from the fun and flirtatious to the slow and romantic: Amoroso, Gelosia, and Petit Rose.

1 PM:
Vercepe - Master Philip White
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Vercepe is a fun and interesting fifteenth-century dance for five people. Couples are not required. Dancers are encouraged to be familiar with fifteenth-century dance steps but it is not necessary if you are a fast study. Class will begin with a review of all steps in the dance and you should end the hour by being able to perform Vercepe, if not be able to teach it yourself.

2 PM:
15th Century: Two for Three - Lady Thea of Jararvellir
Level: Intermediate
Learn two dances for three people: Gioioso in Tre (a version of Rostiboli Gioiso for three) and Leoncello Nuovo.

3 PM:
Upbeat 15th Century Italian - Master Philip White
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
15th century Italian may have a reputation for being slow and stately, but these dances will put a spring in anyone's step. Learn the wildly popular Petit Riens, then apply your new knowledge as you weave through the figures of La Chirintana, a longways dance for as many as will that in some ways presages the later English Country dances.

16th Century Italian

10 AM:
Popular 16th Century - Lady Thea of Jararvellir
Level: Intermediate
Ready to learn some 16th Century Italian dances? Start with these two: Bizzarria d'Amore and Gracca Amorosa, two of the most popular dances in these lands.

11 AM:
Lo Spagnoletto, Il Bianco Fiore - Maestro Etienne de Clermont
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

1 PM:
Cascarde - Lady Lynnette la Petite
Level: Intermediate
Cascarde are fun, bouncy 16th Century Italian dances usually in triple time. This class will teach two: Chiara Stella and Fiamma d'Amore.

2 PM:
Fulgente Stella - Mistress Alina of Foxwood
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Learn a cascarda new to these lands, Fulgente Stella (Shining Star). If time permits, dancers will review another favorite cascarda, Bella Gioiosa.

3 PM:
Furioso - Lady Sionnain
Level: Advanced
Learn Furioso Nuovo for eight dancers from Caroso's second work.

Miscellaneous European

9 AM:
Dances from the Halls of Classical Greece - Master Midair
Level: Any
Little was known of the Greek dances that were popular during the 5th to 4th centuries BC. However, thanks to Professor Kieran Grey, who recently uncovered documents in an archeological site at the exact location he said he would bury them if he ever had access to practical time travel, we now have both choreography and music from that period. Just as the Greek Empire was the foundation of Democracy, these dances form the foundation of Medieval and Renaissance dance. Dances taught will include: Road to the Island, Kalonicebushka, Hole in the Column, and Trenchepilitus.

10 AM:
Galliards - Lady Felice Debbage
Level: Any
The Galliard was an extremely popular dance throughout Europe from the 16th into the 17th century. Improvisatory and highly aerobic in nature, the galliard was the favored morning exercise of Queen Elizabeth I. Learn the basic step and several interesting variations in this class.

11 AM:
Dance Madness - Lord Darius the Dancer
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Forty dances. One hour. Are you ready?

1 PM:
Bransles - Lady Jadwiga Krzyzanowska
Level: Beginner
Come learn some 16th century French bransles. We'll be practicing listening to the music in order to figure out which bransle to do. Branles covered will include: Single, Double, Gay, Burgundian, Scottish and Breton.

2 PM:
Passo e Mezzo - Mistress Urraca Yriarte de Gamboa
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Or: What to do when a Pavan gets boring. Like the Galliard, this is an improvisational dance. Familiarity with Italian steps will be helpful, although, like the Galliard, it doesn't have to use Italian steps.

3 PM:
Dances from the Inns of Court - Lord Darius the Dancer
Level: Beginner
These 8 easy dances were required knowledge for the lawyers of 16th Century England. We will open our ball tonight with these dances, so come learn (or review) the steps!

Middle Eastern

9 am
A Class for the Ladies,Midair al Cormaic.
Hello, Ladies, look at your Lord, now back me, now back at your Lord, now back at me. Sadly, he isn't me. But if he had the dancing skills, he could move like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You're at a Hafla with the Lord your Lord could dance like. What's in your hand, back at me. I have it, it's that jewelry you want draped on your delicious curvy body. Look again, now you are being given expensive silks. Anything is possible when your Lord dances like me. I'm on a camel.

10 am
Morning Warm-Up, Sayyida Fatima bint al-Rabii'.
Warm up and get ready for a day of dance! We’ll do a basic warm up and simple yoga poses to get focused and get moving for the day. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. Wearing pants is suggested, as we’ll be doing a number of reclining poses.

11 am
Beginning Middle Eastern Dance, Lady Anabelle
No experience needed.  Learn the basics to get started with Middle Eastern dance.
  
12 pm
How Slow Can You Go? Muallim al Karim, Rakkas Al Bassim, Ra'ee al Saleh, Sheikh al Zubeyd Al Sharif Valizan Ibn Fredeh al Pennjii 
Slow ATS moves with skoosh and goosh. Circle Step w/ Turn, Torso Rotation w/ turn, Taxim. More as time permits. 

1 pm
Hafla Practice, Mistress Zahira
A mid-afternoon jam session.  Meet and play with musicians that will be playing at the hafla that night.  Possible topics to be covered: How to play at a hafla, musician/dancer communication, sharing the lead, and ending gracefully.
  
2 pm
Skirt Dancing, Lady Sakeena
Learn fun and creative ways to use your skirt as a prop. Bring your full tiered or or circle skirt.

 
3 pm
Intermediate ATS,  Muallim al Karim, Rakkas Al Bassim, Ra'ee al Saleh, Sheikh al Zubeyd Al Sharif Valizan Ibn Fredeh al Pennjii
So you've got the basics of American Tribal Style and want to move to the next level. Try this fast-paced class to learn the nuances and cues of Chico Four Corners, Chico Crossover, Doubleback & with 1/2 turn. More if time permits.

 

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