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Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 23rd, 2012

For the last formal class of the year, we decided to fit in as much dancing as possible in two and a bit hours: a miniature ball. We didn't dress up, and we allowed space to repeat dances that we'd struggled with the first time through. The five of us took turns at requesting dances.Present: Anna de Wilde, Katherine of Glastonbury, Eleanor Hall, William de Cameron, Katherina Weyssin

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 16th, 2012

A return to So ben mi chi ha buon tempo, and some calf-stretching work on our 15th-century Italian technique.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 8th, 2012

Our first substantive session working on So ben mi chi ha buon tempo.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Oct 19th, 2012

Another productive evening: even the heys made sense tonight!

Present: Anna de Wilde, Caterine de Vantier, William de Cameron, Wiliam de Wyke, Katherine of Glastonbury and Katherina Weyssin

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Oct 13th, 2012

A good turn-out this evening - thanks, everyone.

Posted by Anna de Wilde to the Dance journal on Sep 20th, 2012

The lesson plan this week was to go over some of the easier dances for Ginevra and then the dances that we do not know well from the CF ball list.

Present: Anna de Wilde, William de Cameron, Katherine of Glastonbury, Caterine de Vantier and Ginevra Isabella da Serafino Visconti.

Open hour

  • Amoroso
  • Lorrayne Almain
  • Earl of Essex Measure
  • Anello
  • Ly bens Distonys

Advanced hour

Posted by Anna de Wilde to the Dance journal on Sep 13th, 2012

My lesson plan for this evening was 15th Century dances and a 16th century dance.  These dances are on the CF ball list.

Present: Anna de Wilde, William de Cameron, Katherine of Glastonbury and William de Wyke

  • Belfiore
  • Amoroso
  • Presonera
  • Ballo del fiore in Terzo
  • Anello
  • Alenchon
  • Spagnoletta in modo di Madriglia

I think next week we will continue with more 15th Century.

Posted by Anna de Wilde to the Dance journal on Sep 6th, 2012

As usual, my lesson plan was easy.  Lets practice dances from the Canterbury Faire Ball list.

Present: Anna de Wilde, Caterine de Vantier, William de Cameron, Katherine of Glastonbury, Adam.

  • Auld Almain
  • Newe Almain
  • Earl of Essex Measure
  • Belfiore
  • Ballo del Fiore for two
  • Anello

Advanced hour

  • Spagnoletta Nuova in modo di Madriglia

I think next week I will attempt to teach some of the basse dance and some other 15th Century

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Aug 30th, 2012

 As usual at this time of year, much of our practise is devoted to making sure we know everything on the CF ball list thoroughly.

A few dances are entirely new to us, others we've not done for several years, or never very often. Many we know well, of course, but there's plenty for us to learn.

Present: Katherine of Glastonbury, Caterine de Vantier, Anna de Wilde, William de Cameron, Katherina Weyssin

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Aug 23rd, 2012

A mix of simpler dances, practice for the Canterbury Faire Ball, and revision of some more advanced stuff.

 

Present: William de Wyke, Katherine of Glastonbury, Adam, Katherina Weyssin, William de Cameron,  Anna de Wilde

Open class:

  • Earl of Essex Measure
  • Lorrayne Almain
  • Queen's Almain
  • Ly Bens Distonys
  • Mixed Branles: Cassandra, Pinagay, Charlotte
  • Belfiore
  • Anello
  • Scots Branles

Advanced class:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Aug 3rd, 2012

Revision of old favourites in the open class, then rehearsal for the Winter Warm Up in the advanced class.

Present: Eleanor, Emrys, Christine, Katherine of Glastonbury, Anna de Wilde, William de Cameron, Katherina Weyssin

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jul 31st, 2012

We're rehearsing for the Winter Warm-up at present.

  • Belfiore - Anna de Wilde will lead this; the other places are open
  • La Figlia di Guglielmino - Katherina Weyssin  and William de Cameron
  • Spero - Katherina Weyssin, Anna de Wilde, Katherine of Glastonbury
  • Washerwomen's branle - audience participation, Katherina will lead, everyone will dance

Rehearsal notes:

We will all start at the back-right corner (from the audience's perspective), by the music, as usual.

Posted by Anna de Wilde to the Dance journal on Jul 6th, 2012

Since Katherina Weyssin is away - I have been asked to teach dance for the next two weeks.

Attended dance - Anna de Wilde and Catrine de Vantier

Unfortunately for one reason or another (mostly due to winter colds) several kind gentles contacted me before dance to advise that they were unable to attend.

So it was a good chance for Catrine and I to go over some of the dances we have learnt in the advanced class.

We did several run throughs of Ginevra, a bassedanse reconstructed by Katherina.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jun 29th, 2012

A good evening: mostly revision of dances that one or more of us would like to know better.

Present: Caterina Nuova, Caterine de Vantier, Anna de Wilde, Christine Bess Duvaunt, William de Cameron, Katherina Weyssin

Open dances:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jun 22nd, 2012

Another lovely evening, and lots of dances. We didn't separate the evening so clearly into two sections as we sometimes do, because we started a bit late and everyone was having fun.

Present: Katherina Weyssin, Caterina Nuova, Christine Bess Duvaunt, William de Cameron, William de Wyke, Anna de Wilde.

We started with several simpler dances:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jun 18th, 2012

We revised simpler material in the first hour, then did a group reconstruction of Sobria in the second.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jun 8th, 2012

A good evening - mostly revision of dances we've done before, but don't all know well.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jun 4th, 2012

It seems we were in the mood for 15th century Italian dances. Katherina was a little under the weather, so William de Cameron took on much of the evening's teaching, ably assisted by Anna. Thanks!

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on May 18th, 2012

Another evening of brushing up things we've not done for a while, so as to be ready for next weekend's ball.

Present: Katherina Weyssin, Katherine of Glastonbury, Anna de Wilde, Caterine de Vantier, William de Cameron

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on May 11th, 2012

We've been rehearsing hard for the last few weeks. For the next few, we'll be revisiting dances we used to know well but haven't tried for some time, and brushing them up for the ball.

Present: Katherina Weyssin, William de Cameron, Anna de Wilde, Katherine of Glastonbury, Caterine de Vantier.

Tonight we did:

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