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Social dance night

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on May 1, 2014 - 3:43pm

April 23rd was our last class before a short break, so we spent the evening in social dancing, by request, instead of formal teaching. As it happened, all the dancers there were very experienced, so we had plenty to choose from.

Part way through we decided to see how many dances we could do, accurately, without teaching or reference to notes, in half an hour. We got to 27, with about half the time spent finding music (though we cheated a bit: only one or two repeats of short branles). The "half hour challenge" is in italics in the list below.

It was lots of fun, and a good confirmation of what we know (and don't).

  1. Scots branles
  2. Amoroso
  3. Anello
  4. La figlia di Guglielmino
  5. Ly bens distonys
  6. Double branle
  7. Simple branle
  8. Gay branle
  9. Burgundian branle
  10. Charlotte
  11. Pease branle
  12. Maltese branle
  13. Pinagay
  14. Montarde branle
  15. Washerwomen's branle
  16. Quadran Pavin
  17. Earl of Essex Measure
  18. Lorrayne Almain
  19. Old Almain
  20. Queen's Almain
  21. New Almain
  22. Madam Cecilia's Pavin
  23. Black Almain
  24. Pavane (to Belle qui, ornamented)
  25. Galliard
  26. Cassandra
  27. Aridan
  28. Triory
  29. Branle de la Hay
  30. Prenes on gre
  31. Ballo del Fiore
  32. Lioncello Vecchio
  33. Chiara Stella
  34. Ginevra
  35. Contentezza d'Amore
  36. Danse de Cleves
  37. La Caccia
  38. Pungente Dardo
  39. Bassa Colonna
  40. Rustica Amorosa

Participating: Katherina Weyssin, William de Cameron, Katherine of Glastonbury, Vettoria di Giovanni da Verona.

In our break, we put together a rough list of the other dances we think we could do at present without consulting notes, and which we think would come together ina  few minutes with a quick brush up.

Stuff we think we could do straight away (in addition to the list above)

  • Rostiboli Gioioso
  • Gioioso in tre
  • Colonesse
  • Presonera
  • Gelosia
  • Spero
  • Bella Gioiosa
  • Spagnoletta for two
  • Spagnoletta for three
  • La Volta
  • Branle de Poitou
  • Coranto
  • Buffens (some passages)
  • Alenchon
  • Allegrezza d'Amore
  • Bassa Colonna
  • Belfiore
  • Canario
  • Cesarina
  • Pavana Matthei

Stuff we think we could do with a peek at some notes

  • Lioncello Novo
  • Verceppe
  • Gracca Amorosa
  • Horses' branle
  • Ballo del Fiore for three
  • Negri's fire dance for six men
  • Barriera for 2
  • La Castellana
  • Contrapasso Nuovo
  • Fiamma d'Amore
  • Fulgente Stella
  • Lauro
  • Reale
  • Leggiadria d'Amore
  • Mercantia
  • La Nizzarda
  • Pavaniglia

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