Medieval Dances

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lizzie maud
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Hello

I am interested in developing the dancing aspect of our 15th C group. Can anyone recommend a good book or information resource to help me find dance steps for (and history of) medieval dances? Would like to stay faithful to the period and not opt for the medieval 'style'.

Have got all of Jane Moulders music books... are there any dances out there that I can match up with the medieval tunes??

Many thanks, hope someone can help.

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The Eschewynge of Ydlenesse by Misericordia and Gaita. A CD with an accompanying dance book: http://www.gaita.co.uk/cd.html
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We do our 'Medieval and Tudor Dance - A Guide for Schools', which might be helpful. Most of the dances featured are 16th century branles from Arbeau, but the pack also includes a guide to the 15th century 'Amoroso' dance. The guide is intended for non-specialists, specifically teachers wanting to do period dance with children, so we've tried to keep things simple and make the instructions clear. The pack features steps, all the music in dots so you can play it for yourself! and also a CD with all the tunes featured played on authentic instruments. More info and to buy online: http://www.medievalminstrels.com/Mediev ... n%20CD.htm
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Whereabouts in the country are you? There are two early dance organisations that run local groups - the Early Dance Circle and the Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society.

They have dance instruction manuals with recorded music and also run classes (day, weekend and evening) where you learn not just the dance steps but the dance etiquette as well. Tutors research the dances from original texts, so styles vary a lot between teachers.

It is much easier to learn from a teacher than from a book.

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Can I just do a quick Hijack & ask if there is any printed music, preferably in TAB for Guitar or Mandolin for the period, or even for any of the tunes mentioned in this thread...?

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I train with someone who is a member of a medieval dance group. Apparenly they are quite good, let me know if you want me to put you in touch.

I love medieval dancing but rarely get time for it :-(
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Sir Thomas; look up Early Music Shop. They have all sorts of music and can put you in touch with specialist publishers. Or you could contact your local early music forum, or the national specialist society through NEMA (google it).

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