The Honorable Lady Felice Debbage of the Barony of Middle Marches in the Middle Kingdom has announced that teachers are needed for the upcoming Ninth Known World Dance and Music Symposium.
Her Ladyship writes:
Unto the dance enthusiasts of the Known World, I send greetings!
This missive stands as the Official Call for Teachers for the Ninth Known World Dance and Music Symposium. The event is hosted by the Barony of Middle Marches, and will be held Thursday, June 21, through Sunday, June 24, in Columbus, Ohio. As the primary coordinator for the European Dance division, I invite you to send class and lecture proposals dealing with the topic of dancing in Europe before the year
1652 C.E. Newer teachers are most welcome to submit proposals; feel free to e-mail if you have questions or concerns. Please send a brief paragraph detailing what your proposed classes will entail, thinking about necessary prerequisites, the strenuousness of the class, and the names of dances that will be taught, if applicable. If you're
absolutely certain that you want to teach, an early proposal submission is best. Teaching slots are limited, and I would like for a wide variety of teachers to be able to contribute.
Deadlines for KWDMS 9:
January 15th, 2012: Class proposals due.
March 1st, 2012: Compendium materials due. (We are doing a serious printed book, compiled by an editor, for the compendium, and it would be a great souvenir to have your work in print. Please do your best to get your materials in on time to avoid missing out on this opportunity.)
March 7th, 2012: Pre-registration opens.
May 7th, 2012: Pre-registration closes.
The event will feature open dancing on Thursday night, full tracks of classes on Friday and Saturday, and a shortened track on Sunday. The Friday evening ball will be antiquity themed, based on the story of Antony and Cleopatra. There will be a costume contest, and dancers interested in getting a bit more festive can wear either clothing from antiquity or what people in the later periods *thought* people wore
during antiquity. We will also have a cocktail hour on an outdoor patio prior to this revel.
For a totally different feel, Saturday evening's revel will feature a full-scale court masque titled "The Masque at Coleorton, or, The Farewell to Faeries," complete with a forced prospective set based on Inigo Jones's original designs. The masque will be broken up into pieces over the evening, with the dancers attending the ball becoming
an impromptu chorus in the show. There will also be 18 slightly more involved chorus roles (3 separate choruses of fairies, women, and men) in the show, and these roles will be cast earlier during the event, likely on Friday. If you'd like to be a chorus performer (dance, plus nonverbal acting), there will be a class for you to attend on Friday and/or Saturday. (For those who are strictly interested in the regular dancing on Saturday night, I assure you that there will still be the same amount of dancing you would normally expect from a ball. The masque, in its entirety, runs about 20 minutes and will be broken up over the evening. The acting sections will essentially serve as breaks between sets.)
Finally, Sunday afternoon will include a Caroso Ball featuring the amazing tunes of Istanpita. It'll be a great time, even while you aren't dancing!
For more information, check out our website. (listed below)
I look forward to hearing from many of you soon, and as always, good dancing to you!
The Honorable Lady Felice Debbage
Barony of Middle Marches