Tripping the Light Fantastic Sixteenth Century Style: advice for dancers

Rumour has it thaimage0013t certain members of the Swords and Spindles entourage may be going to tread a measure at Poundstock Gildhouse next week. Mistress Agnes has sought out some advice for Master Christopher. Will he heed the words of wisdom one wonders?

“You must always be garbed to perfection and your codpiece must be well tied. We sometimes see codpieces slip to the ground during the basse dance so you must tie them well. Furthermore never fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold back the fart. Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the mouth.

No woman desires a man with rabies. And refrain from spitting before the maidens, because that makes one sick and even revolts the stomach. If you spit or blow your nose or sneeze, remember to turn your head away after the spasm; and remember not to wipe your nose with your fingers; do it properly with a white handkerchief. Do not eat either leeks or onions because they leave an unpleasant odour in the mouth.”

Antonius Arena, Leges Dansandi (1530).

 

 

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