westdance: More dancing

Matthew Larsen matt1.larsen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 09:40:35 PST 2009

That's a pretty good list, I'd say.  You could also add Lorayne Alman,
which we did at 12th Night but is not on the list for the Crosston
Ball.  I know it's not your favorite :-), but Francios Nouvelle is at
least as easy as Dance de Cleves (though you probably don't have music
for that).  There are other bransles, too, some of which (Pinigay, for
instance) are really quite easy.

I would recommend Villanella instead of Contrapasso for a dragable
16th c. Italian.  A lot depends on if you have a couple other people
who know the dance.  Also, remember that the recorded music for
Contrapasso has "the heresy".


On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM, The MOMstable
<the_momstable at rocketmail.com> wrote:
> The autocrat for Investiture talked to me at Twelfth Night (and for a wonder, I remembered and actually contacted him afterward - sieve brain that I am, especially at 12th Night).  I've been asked to teach and lead dance at Cynagua Investiture, January 31, the week after the Crosston Ball.
> There's a hitch.  Their Highnesses do not want English Country nor Late Italian.  Doesn't leave too much.  I'm interpretting "Late Italian" as "nothing too foofy or hard".  I've also added the caveat "nothing that I don't have dance music for" as I don't have an in house musician.
> This is what I've come up with, building on things that were taught at Twelfth Night and will be taught at the Crosston Ball.  I don't imagine there will be that much time reserved for dance, so I'm not putting a full set list together.
> Horses Bransle
> Montarde Bransle
> Black Alman
> Queen's Alman
> Amoroso
> Petite Rhiens
> If we get through those, I may try and sneak in
> A Pavan
> Danse de Cleves
> Geloxia
> and maybe Contrapasso, which is later Italian, but drag throughable.
> Comments, questions, suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Na'arah
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