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greetings lords and ladies!

i'm new to the community and thought an introduction was in order.
i am eleanor. i play violin and rebec. I recently started adding dance music to my repertoire.

what is your favorite dance and why?

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I am setting my harpsichord/virginal concert program for this Friday right now, and I will play quite a few early renaissance dance pieces. However, with the exception of the Pavane, I don't know how to dance the rest of them: Branle simple, Branle double, Basse Dance, Passamezzo Antico, and the Galliard. I'd like to know if any of you know how to dance these, or know anyone who knows, or simply send me a link of a video of how these dances work. Unlike Baroque music, early renaissance virginal dances are practical dances, ie, they really did expect people to dance to the virginal. So I need to know how the dances go (especially the tempo), etc. I do not trust the tempo set by Elizabethan dances, since by that time the virginal dances were already turned into art music. The tempo no longer reflected the real speed to which the dancers danced.

I myself am a historical dancer, but I don't know much about dances before the Baroque. I have studied quite a bit of historical dancing, including choreography, and I know that some renaissance dances can be recreated (Arbeau), some cannot (especially the older types in late Medieval times). I also know that some dances used in the SCA are not historical, for they are either re-creation from historical research, or simply brand new. But that sure beat not knowing anything at all..

Please forward this post to whatever lj community that you know that fits my questions..

If you live around the San Francisco Bay Area, please come to my concert. It will be on July 18th, 8pm, at St. Alban's in Albany (next to Berkeley). It is listed here:
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Welcome. This community is focused around SCA Renaissance dance. I encourage everyone to share their thoughts and questions openly.  
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