European Dance in the SCA spans from the middle of the 15th Century well into the 17th century, in addition to modern inventions in similar styles. For information on times and locations of Shire dance practices, please see the Baronial Calendar.
Common sources for European dance include the following:
15th Century Italian Dances
Fifteenth century Italian dances in the SCA are derived from three sources: Domenico, Cornazano, and Ebreo.
16th Century Italian Dances
The two major sources for this style are Cesare Negri and Fabritio Caroso. Negri published Le Gratie d'Amore in 1602, with a subsequent edition titled Nuove Inventioni Di Balli published in 1604 that is essentially the same. Caroso published Il Ballarino in 1581 and Nobilta di Dame in 1600; while there is considerable crossover in the two works, each contains many dances not found in the other.
16th Century French Dances
Bransles are the most common type of dance recorded for this period in France. The major source for bransles is Orchesography, by Thoinot Arbeau, published in 1589.
17th Centry English Country Dances
The primary source for English Country Dances is John Playford, who published The English Dancing Master in 1651 and several subsequent additions throughout the 17th Century.
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