Unto the Dancers of the Knowne World does Katherine Mercer send greetings.
I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have already been
incredibly supportive of me in my efforts to take over the editorship of the
Letter of Dance. As many of you know, Master William of Redcape published
his final issue and the editor's cap has officially passed to me. I would
like to ask you all to take a moment to think about submitting a short
article, review, or letter to the Letter of Dance. A few generous folks
have contacted me already, but the more articles the better! Let me make
four specific (fairly easy and fun) suggestions for submissions which would
be readily welcomed here at Letter of Dance HQ:
1) April Fools articles
Yeah, I know it's only january, but it's never too early to start
thinking about the annual April edition of the Letter of Dance.
2) Dance Reconstructions
I know that there are a lot of you out there with class handouts for
newly reconstructed dances which would be perfect if worked up into LoD
3) Book/CD/Video Reviews
Have you read a book about medieval or renaissance dance or music lately?
Found a great new CD? These reviews don't need to be long and they don't
necessarily need to be scholarly. If you read (or viewed or listened to) a
source, I'd love your input on it. Contact me for a list of books and cds
already reviewed. Interesting looking (and as yet unreviewed) books
Dance History. Dancing through time : Western social dance in
literature, 1400-1918 : selections / compiled by Allison Thompson. 1998
Dance music from the ballets de cour, 1575 - 1651.
Author: Buch, David
The politics of courtly dancing in early modern England.
Author: Howard, Skiles
(I think someone posted a diatribe on this on SCA-Dance. Greg??)
Shakespeare and the dance.
Author: Brissenden, Alan
Published: 1981, 2001
Any book which presents an overview of Medieval and Renaissance music which
would be of use to dancers and reconstructionists.
And a few cds to consider reviewing (based on a cursory glance in my CD
Il Ballarino--The Broadside Band
Le Gratie d'Amore--Ensemble La Follia
Renaissonics--Renaissance Dance Band (self titled, I believe)
An American Journey--The Waverly Consort (contains quite a few ECD, has
anyone tried dancing to these?)
etc. etc. etc.
4) Letters to the Editor
Have a new great idea for running dance at events, conducting practices?
Have a question for other dancers in the Knowne World? Want to bask in the
glory of seeing your name in print without having to write a full-blown
article? Then send me a letter. Pretty Please with sugar on top!
As usual, please excuse the interruption and do please forward this along to
any interested parties. For more information about LoD or subscription
information, check out the website below or e-mjail me! I now return you to
your regularly scheduled dance list.
The Letter of Dance
Lady Katherine Mercer, editor