[Darkwood-SCA] [Fwd: [SCA-Xton] Demo at Stanford: TODAY

John Rossignol giguette at pacbell.net
Sat Feb 9 10:44:28 PST 2008

Just a reminder:  the "Evening of Renaissance Dance" demo at Stanford is 
this evening.  Come and have fun with us.  We will be teaching the 
dances to all who wish to learn them.  Play music, dance, or just mill 
around and be a great advertisement for the SCA.


John Rossignol wrote:
> Hi, guys.  Crosston is putting on an SCA big dance demo at Stanford 
> University on February 9 (the second Saturday from now).  Isabel 
> d'Triana, who is coordinating this demo, asked me to forward this 
> announcement to some other lists where people might be interested.  
> This is an important opportunity to introduce new people -- of actual 
> membership age, not just kids -- to the SCA.  We would love to have as 
> many dancers, musicians, and just folk in pretty garb as we can get.  
> No fighting at this one, but it's a chance for you male fighters to 
> help me impress the outside world with just how great we men can look 
> in dresses.  (Come on you guys, I may need help with this one.)  ;-)
> I know Darkwood folks love to dance, and I can testify first-hand that 
> you are all wonderful advertisements for the SCA.  Please join us if 
> you can.  It should be a lot of fun.
> The details are below.  Please feel free to post this announcement to 
> other lists.
> -John
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     [SCA-Xton] Demo at Stanford: Evening of Renaissance dance 
> Feb. 9
> Date:     Sat, 19 Jan 2008 12:43:35 -0800
> From:     Carey Cates <isabel at aands.org>
> Reply-To:     SCA-Xton at yahoogroups.com
> To:     SCA-Xton at yahoogroups.com
> Hello everyone,
>     Several people have been asking me about the details for the
> demo Crosston is holding at Stanford that I agreed to organize, so
> here they are:
>     The idea came up at a Crosston meeting that we would like to
> reach out to the Stanford community, but as we don't already have a
> student group there, the avenues to us are more limited.  So, we
> devised a plan to offer to co-host an event of interest to Stanford
> students with a Stanford organization - we offer free entertainment
> and education and we get easy access to Stanford facilities for free.
> So, we will be co-hosting the evening of dance with Stanford's Bechtel
> International Center.
>     The event will essentially be a dance ball, not unlike the
> kind at Twelfth Night or the Crosston Ball, but with each dance taught
> and then danced.  We'll have live music, and several people splitting
> up the teaching, so that there's not too much work for anyone and
> everyone gets to play too.  I've asked Naja, the lady I've been
> working with at the Bechtel Center if it would be okay for us to give
> a couple spiels on the SCA during the evening, and she said that'd be
> fine.  (She's been extremely helpful and accommodating.  She's even
> arranging some on-campus advertising and water and light snacks!)  I
> would like to have an introduction to who we are, and that we have
> ongoing dance practices, but that we also do lots of other stuff
> beyond dance.  This is advertised as an evening of dance, though, so I
> do not plan to actively demonstrate other activities (aside from
> music, and of course all the costuming...)
> Details for the event:
> Day:    Saturday, February 9
> Time:    Set-up at 6:30pm, start dance at 7:30, end by 10:30
> Where:    Bechtel International Center on Stanford's campus, near the 
> Faculty Club.  We'll be in their largest room, with wood floors and such.
> Directions: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/icenter/festival/directions.html
> Attire:    Please wear garb if possible.
> Activity:  Lots of dancing, to live music, and sharing the fun with 
> others
> What I could use help with:
> - Dancers - the more the merrier, and the more people we have, the
> more experience people we can have in each set, making it easier for
> the new people to pick up the dances and have fun.
> - Music - I could use a few more musicians - dances will be from the
> list done at Crosston Ball so you likely already will have music for
> them all.
> - Dance teachers - experienced dance teachers preferred, as we may
> have some people with limited verbal English skills, so more than one
> teaching mode would be good
> - Decorations - the room has a great wood floor, but isn't too
> inspiring aesthetically.  I would like to get some banners to hang
> over the modern maps on the walls, which will also add color to the
> room.  A couple tablecloths and pretty serving plates/bowls would also
> be good for the table(s) on which the Bechtel Center will be providing
> water, lemonade, and munchies (I suggested nuts and dried fruits,
> being simple to find and period-appropriate.)
> - Setup / cleanup - I don't expect that we'll need to do much for
> this, but as I'm on doctor's orders post-surgery to not lift anything
> heavier than 1/2 pound, I can't just go do this myself as I'd
> originally planned.  A couple people to help out would be good.
> - Fliers - I'd like to get information to people about what the SCA
> is, what activities go on locally on a regular basis, how to contact
> us, and how to join in.  I would definitely want to include Westermark
> activities as well as Crosston, as both groups are nearby to
> Stanford. I'd also like to have fliers and/or an email list sign up
> sheet for the local dance practices.
> - Person(s) to introduce and advertise the SCA to the group - I could
> do that, but I know my voice doesn't carry well in large rooms, so
> someone louder than me would be good.
> - Advertising - I am behind in what I had wanted to accomplish here
> due to not being able to do much email post-eye-surgery.  I'd love to
> hear ideas on how to reach out to more of the mainstream Stanford
> community (the Bechtel International Center will largely reach the
> international student community) and to the dance community outside of
> Stanford (waltz, ballroom, swing, other historical eras, etc.)
> If anyone has ideas of things they think would add to the Evening of
> Renaissance Dance to make it more fun or more accessible to people,
> please let me know.  I have run a number of demos elsewhere, but I
> certainly don't have any monopoly on good ideas!
> Mostly, I invite you all to come join us, even if you just want to
> come dance.  I think it will be a fun time for everyone, and the more
> the merrier!  If anyone has questions, please call me (preferred for
> now) or email me (I can't do too much email stuff yet as I recover but
> I will check it once a week as I am able.)
> Isabel

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