Historical dance practice Wellington

It sounds like fun, but I don’t live close enough to participate

Hmmm… Does anybody remember what kinds of dances the Wellington Medieval Guild used to practice? Or know anybody who does?

Might be a plus to start with something that some people have already seen, even if it was a long time ago.

They always started with branded (round dances). And sometimes Playford country dances, which are a lot later in period. But I wouldn’t be able to teach any of them sorry.

We’d all have to teach each other to a degree, I think. :slight_smile: But I’d probably prepare a list of things to look at in advance. So I’d have seen at least a video or two and taken some notes on steps if possible. That’d be me, though, and not a requirement for anyone else.

I was thinking of starting with something easy like this, actually: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8RlYeu5GBs

It’s possible to pick that up in less than 10 minutes.

And maybe this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWMyb1UtlzE

But after that? Who knows…!

Playfords are something I should look into, though. You’re the second person to mention them.

Okay. I’ve sent a booking request for Thursday 28 February 7pm to 9pm to Vogelmorn Hall. For a one-time event for the time being so I can see how we go. Fingers crossed…

What do I need to do to have it appear on the NZLARPS event calendar once the time and date are confirmed?

Dates aside the session will happen if I get six dancers or more (including myself) that sign up.

Simply log in and add it here: https://nzlarps.org/events/add-an-event/

Alternatively, email the details to wellington.marketing@nzlarps.org

For a splash image, use something public domain or CC-licensed. If you don’t have anything in mind, I can add this later: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lorenzetti_Good_Govt_Detail.jpg

(The “small image” is a logo for the events page. It will substitute the date if you don’t provide one)

Meh. Looks like that webform didn’t work… :frowning:

I’m negotiating an alternative date. I called the Brooklyn community centre today and they made it sound like it’d be extremely difficult.

Long story short, this is not happening in February. Maybe in March if I’m lucky.

I’ve found email is the best way of making a booking there.

It’s been over a week since I sent them one and I haven’t heard a peep.

This is cancelled. I have a full-time job with no privacy and no time to follow stuff up with them on the phone again and again. I’d be grateful if one of the admins could delete this thread.

…well. I’m glad we have no admins that delete threads. :slight_smile:

This is officially on! I’ve been able to secure a rehearsal room at Toi Poneke (61/69 Abel Smith St, Wellington) for Monday, 10 June, 7pm to 9pm. I don’t think we’ll be using all of that but it’ll give us a bit of wiggle room to wait for people arriving late and to clean up after ourselves at the end.

The cost per person is $5 and I’ll need at least 6 people to make this happen. I’m going to add this to the NZLARPs calendar if I can work out how but feel free to get in touch with me through Diatribe as well if this is something you’re interested in.

As for what’s actually planned - I’m sure I’ll start panicking about that very soon. :slight_smile: I’ve got a small list of dances that I’d like to try (I remember exactly one of them out of the box) and I’m open to suggestions of others. As I said, I’m not an expert so we’ll have to work it out as we go to an extent. But I’ll try to prepare instructions and ideally find a video or two for each of the dances we want to learn. I’ll also bring speakers and such and ask some of my sources for the music that we’ll need.

The only thing you need to bring are flat shoes - the dances we’re going for weren’t designed for people in heels. Long skirts are optional but I’m definitely not going to stop anyone. (I might wear one myself, actually…)

So - admissions are open as of now! Let me know if you’re interested by the end of this month, i.e. May 2019.

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Here’s how to add events:

This sounds awesome! (But unfortunately I’m busy on Mondays. Fingers crossed that this goes well enough for a repeat on a different night.)

Heh. I have crazy dreams of several sessions over a number of months - capped off by a sort of mini-ball. But I digress… :smile:

Shame you can’t make it, though!

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Ah, update. I’ll be running around crewing Embers on the last day of this month. So let’s say that I’ll need people to respond to this by the end of Queens Birthday weekend, i.e. 3 June instead.

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Hooookay. It’s gone up on NZLARPs. Feel free to point people in that direction if you think it might be something for them!

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Hmmm… Not a lot of interest so far: I’ve got a grand total of three people at the moment - and that includes myself. I know I’ve got almost another week until the deadline but it’s not looking too good at this point.

In the meantime, here’s the first dance we’d start with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ra67m2n-vA&feature=youtu.be

It’s nice and simple and one of the people that have responded say they can teach it. :slight_smile:

We’re going for round two! Here’s the event page: https://nzlarps.org/events/detail/202

Here’s a list of the dances we had a go at last time. We’ll repeat them next time before we hopefully try one or two others. One of the Playfords maybe, but it depends on the number of dancers and also on whether that number is even or odd.

Turkish bransle/Maltese bransle (also known as schiarazula marazula)
Scottish bransle/bransle Charlotte (kicking bransle)
Ballo del fiore
Petit riens

:smiley: If you’re thinking of finding some videos, the last two are actually not quite as hard as they look.

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Just a reminder that this is happening next week!

Ah, update. This is not happening tomorrow, it’s been moved to Friday 2 August. Same time of day, same place.

Well that didn’t work.

I’m done with this idea. There’s not enough interest to try and keep it going.