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Posted by Anna de Wilde to the Dance journal on Feb 17th, 2011

Present: Anna, Katherina, William, Caterine and Eleanor. 

Warm-up: Walking and then using the piva step in time to the music from Gelosia

We have started a new format at Thursday night dance classes. from 7.30pm to 8.25pm is an Open/Beginners session.  During this 55 minute slot dances are taught that will suit the level of those that are attending.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Feb 17th, 2011

We had a quick run through Pavaniglia - the dance we practiced intensively over summer, and performed at CF - and talked through our performace, what went well, where we fell down. Overall, we're pleased with how we did, and want to keep this one ready to perform again.

We talked through the ball at CF - which dances worked well, how we'd change both the ball and the way we danced.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jan 24th, 2011

Present: Katherina, William, Anna, Caterine

Warm up: Almains?

Main Session: Pavaniglia

We spent the greater part of the class alternating between dancing all the way through Pavaniglia (one couple at a time), and practicing some easier dance (La Figlia de Guglielmino, Pungente Dardo, Ginevra, Amoroso).

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jan 21st, 2011

Present: Anna, William, Caterine, Katherina

Warm up: Earl of Essex Measure, Old Alman, Black Almain.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jan 10th, 2011

Present: Anna, William, Caterine, Ludwig, Katherina

Warm-up: Ginevra, Amoroso (including an improvised 3-person variant)

 

Main Session - Negri's Canary

Revision of all mutanze learned so far:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jan 6th, 2011

Present: Anna, William, Caterine, Katherina

 

Warmup: Amoroso, La Figlia de Guglielmino

 

Main Session - Pavaniglia

Revision of

  • first two structural verses
  • first and second mutanze
  • forth mutanza

Skimmed through the third and fifth mutanze. Danced the whole thing through several times, including all verses.

NOTE: we need a more detailed revision of the 5th mutanza, the separating verse, and the final verse.

 

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Jan 3rd, 2011

Present: William, Anna, Caterine, Katherina

 

Warmup: Figlia de Guglielmino, Chiara Stella

 

Main Session : Canario

New material (for at least some present)

  • Man's first mutanza
  • Man's second mutanza (including ritirata, which we hadn't previously done with any success)
  • new interpretation of the seguito spezzato in Canario

Katherina practiced her current interpretation of the man's third mutanza, which she'll teach next time.

 

Revision:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 30th, 2010

Present: Caterine, William, Katherina
Warmup: Rostiboli Gioioso for three
 

Main Session : Pavaniglia

We had Canario scheduled for this session, but did Pavaniglia instead, because that's what I had prepared.

Revision

  • first mutanza for both man and woman; fourth mutanza for both man and woman

New Material (for this year, anyway)

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 27th, 2010

Present: Caterine, William, Ludwig (Canary only), Katherina

Warmup: Black Almain

 

Main Session : Pavaniglia

 

Revision

  • man's fourth mutanza

New Material (for this year, anyway)

  • woman's fourth mutanza
  • dancing mans's and woman's fourth mutanza simultaneously
  • first mutanza, for both man and woman

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 23rd, 2010

Present: William, Ludwig, Katherina

Warmup: Rostiboli Gioioso for three (with two men and one woman, for a change)

 

Main Session: Canario

 

Revision

  • woman's first mutanza
  • woman's second mutanza
  • structural verses (intro, change-ends, finale : new to Ludwig, in this form)

New Material

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 18th, 2010

Present: William, Anna, Katherina

Warm-up: Rostiboli Gioioso for three

 

Main session - Pavaniglia - 4th mutanza:

Learned the whole of the man's 4th mutanza, on both sides (verses 11 and 12). Katherina practiced the woman's 4th mutanza, but didn't teach it.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 16th, 2010

Our first advanced-dancing session for the summer!

Present: Katherina, Anna, William, Caterine

Warm up: Pungente Dardo, Amoroso

Main Session: Canario

Revision

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 15th, 2010

Regular dance classes have finished for the year, and will re-start in February, but we're still dancing!

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Dec 2nd, 2010

Our last class of 2010, and we have a lovely session, with both familiar faces and some new ones. Please come back next year!

 

We got through:

  • Cassandra
  • Pinagay
  • Charlotte

(all 16th century French branles, from the manual "Orchesography")

  • Amoroso
  • Rostiboli Gioioso
  • Petit Riens

(all balli from 15th century Italian manuscripts)

  • La Volta

(a variation on the galliard, in which the woman leaps, and the man spins her, while helping her to leap even higher)

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 27th, 2010

I tried a new format for the Ball at St Catherine's this year: dancing by request, requests in strict Order of Precedence. There are some records of renaissance festivities where the guests chose dances in order of rank like this, though they seem to have been even more formal.

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 25th, 2010

We got through a lot:

William and Katherina practiced for a performance of Ginevra, and Caterine taught it to Ludwig. We re-learned Fiamma d'Amore. We tweaked a few details of La Figlia de Guglielmino and Presonera. We ran through Chiara Stella, at high speed, several times in a row. We all practiced out fioretti (and tried out the passage from passamezzo where you circle with fioretti and trabuchetti). And finally, we declared ourselves too tired to make it through La Volta, and retired for dessert.

 

 

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 20th, 2010

All the dancers tonight were quite experienced, so we got through a lot of material, refining the details as we went:

  • La figlia de guglielmino (spent a while on this one, getting timing and spacing just so)
  • Presonera
  • Amoroso
  • All the mixed branles: Cassandra, Pinagay, Charlotte, La Guerre, Aridan
  • Ginevra (because Katherina and William want to perform it next weekend)
  • Pungente Dardo
  • Contentezza d'Amore
  • La volte

Lots of fun, and lots of work.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 11th, 2010

We had a really good group tonight: lots of people, some new, some quite experienced. We're still working our way through the ball list for St Catherine's and CF, making sure it's all fresh.

We started with a quick run through some of the Old Measures, for everyone:

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Nov 4th, 2010

Quick revisions of:

  • Earl of Essex
  • Old Almain
  • Black Almain
  • Cassandra, Pinagay, Charlotte
  • Chiara Stella

More work on:

  • La Volta
  • Presonera

And we didn't quite get to Il Canario. Maybe next week.

Posted by Katherina Weyssin to the Dance journal on Oct 28th, 2010

The dance list for the ball at Canterbury Faire next. We will be practising many of these over the next few weeks (until formal dance practices finish for the year in early December).

  • The Earl of Essex Measure
  • The Old Almain
  • The Black Almain
  • A Galliard
  • The Mixed Branles of Champagne: Cassandra, Pinagay, Charlotte, La Guerre, Aridan
  • The Branle de la Montarde, for sets of four

    - The Tassel-kick -

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