Step Vocabulary

The range of historical European dances recreated in the Society covers several centuries and countries of origin. While they share many things, they are distinct in just as many ways. Where possible I will make comparisons between steps from different sources, but if they aren’t done the same way, it’s not good to substitute even […]

Black Nag

This is a spritely little dance that practically dances itself once you get a feel for it. One of those that’s simple enough you can sweep up one volunteer per couple and still keep things basically intact. A great way to do it is to dance it once, then have each confident dancer grab a […]

Hole in the Wall

This stately dance is well into the grey period of the 1600’s and doesn’t fit the SCA criteria of pre-1600 culture, but it’s an old favorite within the society. We have our own subtle styling in the way we dance Hole in the Wall, so it’s not going anywhere soon. Musicians have a tendency to […]

Bransle des Lavandieres

Hands-down my favorite of all the Arbeau bransles. Just complex enough to be truly satisfying, and still simple enough to let the dancers have fun with it. The ‘Washerwoman’s Bransle’ is one of the mimed bransles common to Arbeau’s Orchesographie. It mimics a domestic squabble between the village washerwoman and her husband, which makes it […]

Bransle de Bourgogne

Also called the Burgundian Bransle (pronounced ‘brawl’). This simple dance makes a great addition to the SCA repertoire. It’s perfect for demos where you can get mundanes up and dancing an authentic 16th century French dance with no prior instruction. There’s no need to worry about partners, and it’s easy to get several lines going […]

Bransle Pinagay

An easy dance that can be surprisingly aerobic. As with many (most, all?) dances originating in 16th c France called a bransle (pronounced brawl for no discernible reason), Pinagay is a mixed bransle.  This video doesn’t have the best audio but shows what can be done to make this simple dance a bit more fun […]