Terpsichore at the Tower XXV | The Barony of Cynnabar

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Terpsichore at the Tower XXV

March 30, 2019 in Saline, Michigan

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WHAT: Our 25th Annual Terpsichore Dance Event -- A day of dance classes followed by an evening of dancing and revelry, including the traditional dessert revel.
WHEN: Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 9:00 am-11:00 pm
WHERE: 122 W. Michigan Ave., Saline, MI 48176 (click for driving directions)
WHO: Dancers, musicians, and everyone interested in period dance, music, and culture!
WHY: To make new friends, see old friends, learn to dance, hear period music, enjoy delicious food, master new steps, dance like mad, and so much more! This is for dancers, musicians, and everyone -- old and new alike!

All musicians are welcome to play for the ball! See the ball page for more information.

READ THIS if you or anyone you plan to attend with is under the age of 18 -- otherwise you may not be allowed to attend the event.

Terpsichore Site Information

St. Paul United Church of Christ
122 W. Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

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Site is dry.

Paved parking is available on-site. If parking at the event site fills, nearby public parking is available -- see map below:

St. Paul United Church of Christ in Saline, Michigan

Terpsichore Site Registration

Adult Day Registration (18+): $15
Adult Day Member Discount Registration (18+): $10
Child Day Registration (5-16): $5
Youth Day Registration (0-4): Free
Family Cap Registration: $25

There is no Pre-registration.

If you bring a child that you do not have legal responsibility over, please make sure you bring a Minor Waiver Form and a signed Medical Authorization for Minors Form. Copies of the Medical Authorization for Minors Form can be notarized, but it not necessary if there is a witness to the parent/guardian signing the form. Also copies of this form, duly executed, should be in the kept with the child; at least one adult named in the document and present at the event; and the parent or guardian executing the authorization.

Minor Waiver: http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/chldwaiv.pdf
Medical Authorization for Minors Form: http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/treatminor-notary.pdf

Terpsichore Maps and Directions

Site Address: 122 W. Michigan Ave., Saline, MI 48176 (click for driving directions)


Take your best route to either I-94 or US-23
From the East: Get yourself to West I-94 Take Exit 180A - US 23 South - towards Toledo Take Exit #34 (first exit) - US 12. Turn right. Go about 5.8 miles Church is on the right.
From the West: Get yourself to East I-94 Take Exit 175 - Ann Arbor-Saline Road, turn right. Go about 1.2 miles, to the Stop sign. Turn left. Go 3.9 miles to Michigan Ave (3rd traffic light), and turn right. Church is less than 1 block on the right.
From the North: Get yourself to South US-23 Take Exit #34 - US 12. Turn right. Go about 5.8 miles Church is on the right.
From the South: Get yourself to North US-23 Take Exit #34 - US 12. Turn left. Go about 5.8 miles Church is on the right.

Paved parking is available on-site, but it is more limited this year than previous years due to construction at the church. If parking at the event site fills, nearby public parking is available -- see map below:

Area Hotels

All of the Hotels/Motels listed are within 10 miles (or so) of the Terpsichore site. No room blocks have been reserved for this event.

Motel 6
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express Suites
Holiday Inn - Ann Arbor

Terpsichore Master Schedule

Friday, March 29

7:00pm - 10:30pm - Dancing (not in garb) at the venue's discretion, and event setup (volunteers welcome)

Saturday, March 30

8:00 am - Morning setup
9:00 am - Gate Opens/First class of the day
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Musicians' practice
4:00 pm - Classes end/Dinner Break
6:00 pm - Baronial Court
Immediately following court - Terpsichore Ball/Dessert Revel begins
11:00 pm - Event closes

Terpsichore XXV Class Schedule

9:00 am
Teach Midair a Thing or Two
10:00 am Dancing with Children Intermediate English Country Dance Uncle Sion Did What? You're Kidding, Right?
11:00 am Expressive Dancing English For 6 15th Century Italian Dance Atrocities 2019
1:00 pm Penta-Pentamere Dances English Delights The Beginning and the End Intro to Basse Dance
2:00 pm Penta-Pentamere Dances (Continued) More English Delights Introduction to Cascarde: Fedelta & La Castellana Intro to Basse Dance (Continued)
3:00 pm Open Dance! Gresley dances Fun Italian Dances Swedish Sword dances

9:00 am: Midair MacCormaic - Teach Midair a Thing or Two

Any tips on teaching dance? Share with everyone! Midair has some advice from decades of teaching dance in the SCA, invites all to pull up a chair and have a fun discussion.


10:00 am: Mistress Emma Danskona and Master Martin Bildner – Dancing with Children

Children don't want long lectures. They want stories and fun. This will be an easy, fast paced class geared to the attention of 5 year olds. We'll ride horses, do laundry, swing, and play tag. Good for children, beginners, and dancers who want to learn how to teach children. Dances: Bransles, Galliards, Sellingers Round, Black Nag, New Yer, Petit Vriens

11:00 am: Midair MacCormaic - Expressive Dancing

Learning the steps in a dance is but one aspect of the fun. Another is how to make the dance fun for yourself, your partner, and those watching by being expressive and engaging! This will be taught, along with Rostiboli Gioioso and Belle Qui Pavane. No experience required!

12:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm-3:00 PM: Baroness Gwenllyen the Minstrel - Penta-Pentamere Dances

The third CD will be premiered at Terpsichore! We'll do dances from any of the CDs that are not already being taught in another class and ones that will be in the ball. Petit Rose, Montard Bransle, Grene Gynger, Black Alman, Rufty Tufty, Gracca Amorosa, Petit Vriens, Official Bransle, Contra Passo, Dargason, Gathering Peascods

3:00 pm: Master Gwommy - Open Dance!

Dances by request.


10:00 am: Daniel de Lincoln - Intermediate English Country Dance

If All the World Were Paper, Lull Me Beyond Thee, Old Mole

11:00 am: THL Dunstan Bramblette - English For 6

Dances of varied difficulty for 3 couples, including Upon A Summers Day, Black Nag, Rufty Tufty for 6, Picking of Sticks

12:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm: Alexander of Mistig Waetru - English Delights

Two wonderfully fun English dances for the adventurous: Whirlygig (for six) and Newcastle (for eight)! Both dances will be in the ball.

2:00 pm: Master Gwommy – More English Delights

My Lady Cullen, Parsons Farewell, Scotch Cap – more wonderfully fun dances in the ball!

3:00 pm: Daniel de Lincoln - Gresley dances

Dances from England from the late 1400s. Armyn, Ly Bens Distonys, Grene Gynger, Orynge, Prenes on Gre


11:00 am: Lady Magdalena Vogelsang - 15th Century Italian

Learn steps and choreography for three 15th century Italian dances, Anello, Amoroso, and Gelosia

12:00 pm: LUNCH

1:00 pm: Mistress Alina of Foxwood - The Beginning and the End

2 16th Century Italian dances. Alba Novella (New Dawn), a balletto representing the beginning of our day of dance and Bella Gioiosa (Beautiful Joy), the cascarda that traditionally ends the Terpsichore Ball. Familiarity with 16th C. Italian steps is helpful (but not required).

2:00 pm: Mistress Alina of Foxwood - Introduction to Cascarde: Fedelta & La Castellana

Come enjoy two cascarde - fun, lively 16th Century Italian dances from Caroso. Fedelta and La Castellana are a great introduction to these dances, being among the shortest and least step-intensive, but containing many step sequences found in other cascarde. Yay, cascarde!

3:00 pm: THL Dunstan Bramblette - Fun Italian Dances

Bizzaria D'Amore, Contrapasso in Due


10:00 am: M Siôn Andreas o Wynedd - Uncle Sion Did What? You're Kidding, Right?

Join Uncle Sion as he takes a basic dance that he just pulled out of his butt and twists it out of all proportion.

11:00 am: M Siôn Andreas o Wynedd - Dance Atrocities 2019

Choreographers have to crafty, and Uncle Sion is pleased with his crafty this year. Two new dances (maybe three, as time allows) that are sure to make some stick in the mud gnash their teeth.

1:00 pm-3:00 PM: Mistress Felice Debbage, OL - Intro to Basse Dance

Like silk sliding over glass! These gourgeous, sensual french dances have only five steps. The challenge? Gliding as a harmonious, flowing unit with a partner or two. (Wear shoes or socks that can slide on smooth floors.) Orleans, Bayonne, La Rochelle, Tous Mes Amis

3:00 pm: Mistress Emma Danskona and Master Martin Bildner - Swedish Sword dances

Buffons were not the only sword dance in period. This class will attempt to reconstruct a Swedish sword dance from the 16th C and compare it to a Shetland folk dance from the island of Papa Stour.

Terpsichore Tavern Menu



Terpsichore Event Staff

Event Steward: Sir Midair MacCormaic (Charles Cohen)

Deputy Steward: Lady Beth

Gate: Mistress Claire Fitzwilliam

Dance Coordinator: Lord Alexander

Class Coordinator: Lord Alexander

Band Director: Master Aaron Drummond

Lunch Tavern: Coordinator: Lady Ilse

Dessert Revel Coordinator: Lady Magdalena

Webpage: Master Aaron Drummond and Meisterinne Genoveva von Lübeck

Page designed by Genoveva von Lübeck

Images are from the Book of Hours. Use of Rome created in the 16th century
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