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Negri's heys

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on October 19, 2012 - 11:50am
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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

Open class:

  • Madam Sosillia's Pavin
  • Black Almain
  • Reale
  • Ballo del Fiore
  • Prenes on Gre

As last week, we spiced up Ballo del Fiore for the more experienced dancers by allowing the replacement of any of the seguiti ordinarii with any other seguiti, or indeed, any other travelling step. This week we introduced seguiti trangati into the mix: they seem to work especially well in the zig-zag passage. Fioretti and passages from the Spagnoletta Nuova in modo di Madriglia continue to be popular, as are more sedate variations such as scorsi and seguiti semidoppii.

Advanced class (same people attending - thanks, W de W):

  • Ballo fatto in sei cavalieri (Negri's theatrical torch-dance for six men)

We have settled, for now, on a practical solution to the second hey. The trick to our solution is to have the first two who take hands (those at the front of the right-hand column, and at the back of the left-hand column) to change sides twice, and to have everyone else stick on their own side throughout.

We're still not sure if we can reasonably hope to perform this: limited opportunities for rehearsal, the need to make or borrow suitable clothes, the practicalities of working with torches, and the possibility of a fire-ban at any suitable event make it still uncertain.

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