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Renaissance style dancing from England, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Greece! Beginners encouraged to come! Find out more by contacting Gustavo de Taveiroos about dance practice on Tuesday evenings from 8-9 PM

Upcoming Dance Events:

Nov 1, 2008 Grand Pageant {Sternfeld} [Indianapolis, IN]
Nov. 7-9, 2008 Crystal Ball 25 {Shattered Crystal} [Dupo, IL]
Nov 15, 2008 Dancer's Revolt {Roaring Waste} [Detroit, MI]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at Dance Practice? 
             At dance practice, you will learn actual dances from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, most of which involve dancing with a partner.  Unlike most modern dance classes in which technique is primarily drilled, you will actually be dancing during your first session.  (Of course, you'll have to learn how to do the steps, but we'll be teaching them as we break down the dances into their easy to learn sequences.  You'll immediately get to use each technique we teach.)  During the 90 minute rehearsal you'll learn about three different dances, depending on the simplicity or difficulty of each dance.
Is it hard to learn? 
            Not really.  These dances were designed to be easy to remember and danceable for all different kinds of people-- for the majority of the dances, if you can walk, you can dance.  However, these dances are not so simple that they'll be likely to bore you.  Many are quite fast in tempo, involve flirting, or have curious "storylines"-- one dance for two couples reenacts a salacious love triangle!
What do these dances look like?
            Depends on the dance.  Italian dances look a bit like the ballroom scene in the original Romeo & Juliet movie.  Russian dances are often done in circles and involve "swing-dancing" style moves. And the sort we do most often, English country dances, might remind you of extremely high-class square dancing, although most aren't done in "squares" (and nobody yells "yee-haw!")
            (Interesting bit of dance history: English country dances, first published in 1651, are the three-hundred-year-old prototype for modern American square dancing.  When English settlers came over to the US in colonial times, they brought this style of dancing with them, modifying it into its current form.)

 

Keith,

Dance Master for St Joan

Last updated Nov 17, 2006



Music courtesy of
The Internet Renaissance Band