Caroso-style balls are a very nice and period type of dance but
i'm not sure its the best way to go for the main and only evening dance at
an event - especially of newer dancers. Though I do sort of like the card idea.
By default in a caroso style ball (CSB) only one couple or set does any
particular dance, resulting in more sitting and less dancing for most people.
This can be mitigated by generally making every dance be of the
'and all who would join us' type of invite. SCA people in general and college
students in paricular seem to be more in the 'do it' than 'watch it' inclinations
It can also make inviting a partner difficult especially with people who
either don't know many dances or don't the nams of the dances they know.
So either you end up asking people you know, know certian dances or there
can be long discussions trying to figure out a mutually known dance.
It also means its harder to teach to the ball list as its not exactly know until
the dance is called. Plus the musicians must learn be ready with more to
learn as well (they need to know all the dances on the pick from list - even if only
half get danced).
Lastly putting a new person on the spot to pick the next dance may be asking much
- maybe the current crop is made of stronger stuff, but it would have made me nervous
in my first year or two.
OK even with all of that, it would stilll be interesting to incorporate this somehow.
My 2 suggestions are to either run just one set of the ball (and not the first or last) this
way and limit it to fewer dances - all of which are easy enough to be taught and ask
each person to choose as their partner someone they have not danced with before and
make all for as many as will (people, couples or sets).
It anyone has a truly fancy performance dance they want to do this could be scheduled
during a break.
The other posibility would be to turn the last class period into a CSB, joining both dance tracks
and idealy even bring the musicians into things.This could be used to train both the style of
ball and some new dances.
Ok so those are my thought as how to incoprorate some good ideas in a way to IMO maximize
the fun for the largest amount of people. Its possible our biggest Caroso fan (Tsire) may disagree :)
However you go I'll offer whatever I can do to make it the most fun for the most people.
on behalf of mateoalanohombrealtopezold
Sent: Sun 3/1/2009 9:23 PM
Subject: [CalontirDance] The Bellewode Ball
To answer Conrad's question, the dance that Ingeborg taught me was
Ballo del Fiore. Just the idea of the flower and the scuttling around
the room seemed very cute and fun.
Bellewode is planning a Caroso Style ball and we want your input (that
means everyone). We hope to use this as a learning tool in the
following way: The current plan is to have each dance on a card,
pinned to a board. The card will list the dance's name, its origin
(i.e. French c. 1500, NOT PERIOD, or SCA invention of period
technique), and its formation (round for as many as will, three people
in a line, etc.). A dancer will then pick their dance, announce it,
invite whoever they want to dance it and hand the card over to the
musicians. If people need it to be taught, we will do it at that
time. So dances could involve everyone in the room doing an old
favorite or a perfect time for someone to show off something fancy and
complicated and allowing everyone else to watch. Of course I am not a
mind reader, so if you have a performance dance you would like to do,
let me know and I will add it to the list of dances and we will make
sure the musicians have the music ahead of time.
I hope that this can be used as a great new learning tool and give the
Bellewode Ball a bit of variety.
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