Hakon’s Dance Collection

These are the dances that I have learned well enough to teach. Each dance’s page has instructions, embedded media, and an attached handout.

List of Dances by Arrangement and Number of Dancers
English Country Dance Basics
Italian Dance Steps (a basic summary)

15th Century Italian

16th Century Italian

Gresley (~1500)

Arbeau (1589)

Inns of Court (1570-1675)

Playford (1651 – Original)

Playford (Later editions) and other
Later English Country Dances

Chichester Manuscript* (ca. 1610)

Other SCA Invented Dances

* “The Chichester Manuscript” is the name I have chosen for my collection of dances that I have written and choreographed to fit in with the early editions of Playford’s Dancing Master. On my Handouts page, I have spreadsheets where I have collected the various musical aspects and the various steps used in the first two editions of Playford. I chose Chichester because it is near the southern coast (in case I want to include any bransles that may have trickled in across the Channel) and because I was able to find evidence of an active dance community in the 1600s. My goal is to compile all my dances into a book and present it as a “long lost manuscript” that was recently “found.”