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An interactive and user-friendly resource pack for teachers, reenactors and historical enthusiasts - bring Tudor music and dance alive!

 Tudor Dance ...

will be a great resource for teachers and anyone else interested in bringing the past alive. Lots of schools want to include Tudor dance - as it's great exercise as well as feeding into the historical experience! However, there's not a lot of help for teachers, who are likely to be starting completely from scratch and possibly feeling rather at sea.

Trouvère have years of experience providing Tudor workshops for schools and other groups within the UK and it's that experience that we've used in putting together this unique resource.  

Boys learn the steps from Paul of Trouvere...
Boys learn the steps from Paul of Trouvere...

Here you will be able to find all you need to recreate the dance of the sixteenth century. And you don't have to be an experienced dancer or historian - we provide all you need to understand the dances and the period.  

Youngsters enjoying the Pease Branle!
Youngsters enjoying the Pease Branle!

 Tudor Dance will be a double-CD resource pack. One of these CDs will contain oodles of historical background - with images, descriptions of all the basic steps, and the choreography of ten period dances.  All the information is backed up with:

- images, including many taken from sixteenth-century sources 

- diagrams of the various steps 

- video footage of the key steps and moves 

- drum beat patterns to practice steps with 

- audio of all the tunes in pared-back form for practising the dances, including versions with the steps 'called' over the music - again, great for practise! For example, from the 'Amoroso':

- the 'dots' for all the music allowing you to develop your own performances of Tudor music

- ideas for further research if you want to take the subject further  

There's also a couple of worksheets based on two further sixteenth-century dance tunes, offering the chance to work up your own period-style dance.  

The second CD is a straightforward audio CD with the music for each and every dance performed in full by Trouvère on an amazing range of authentic instruments. Here's our version of the "Torch Branle':

We've been working on the project for some time already, and it is in fact an elaboration on, and significant development, of a booklet-based pack we originally produced in 2003. This previous version proved very popular with teachers, reinforcing the fact that there is not a lot out there to help schools with this kind of material. This new project, which builds on feedback received for the original version, has substantially more content in terms of steps and background historical information, more dances, and - most importantly - all the interactive content like audio and video support that the digital format makes possible.  We have chosen to use the interactive PDF format as being relatively easy to create and intuitively simple to use.

We are seeking funds to support the production of the double-CD pack - the design and production of quality disk-packaging and the formatting and production of the two CDs. The funds will also contribute towards the production of a brochure through which we can market our amazing new resource most effectively. 

Thanks for your interest! 

Our thanks to Martin Ker Photography for the image of the 'Horses Branle' used in our video.

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The pack is at present 90% finished in terms of content and we are currently busy editing video and audio and slotting it all into place. There is a little more audio to complete, but we don't see any issues in the actual compilation and completion of the content.
Once it is all in place we will need to get the design work on the packaging and marketing material finalised. Again, this is under way and our designer has already begun work on both these aspects. We need to select a company to format and produce the actual CDs and packaging, and will take advice from our designer on this. We anticipate having everything done and the product completed by January, but this will depend on more than just us. However, any delay is likely to be minimal: we have a good working relationship with our designer who has worked on our audio CDs and marketing material in the past, and we are confident that he will oversee the actual production process as efficiently as he has done hitherto.

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    You will receive an e-scroll! That is, a PDF of a Tudor-style certificate of your support, emailed to you with our personal thanks.

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    You will receive, along with the e-scroll, an e-fanfare! That is, an MP3 of a Tudor-style fanfare played by us on period instruments (shawm and s-shaped trumpet) - great for a Tudor ringtone... And an email with our personal thanks for your support.

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    You will receive a package of three of the dances from 'Tudor Dance', as an email attachment. The package will be a PDF of the relevant pages from the document complete with interactive content includng full audio of the tunes played on authentic instruments. The three dances in the pack are: The Scottish Branle, The Dance of the Washerwomen, and The Clog Branle. All this along with an email with our personal thanks for your support.

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    You will receive: - the e-package of three dances - the e-fanfare - the e-scroll. All this along with an email of our personal thanks for your support.

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    Yes, it's 'Tudor Dance'! You will receive a copy of the full and complete 'Tudor Dance' comprising the handsomely-produced double-CD resource pack containing the interactive CD and the audio CD. Plus of course, the e-fanfare and the e-scroll and a Trouvère postcard conveying our personal thanks for your support.

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    Tudor Dance AND Music for a Tudor Feast! You will receive a copy of the full and complete 'Tudor Dance' double-CD resource pack AND a copy of our 'Music for a Tudor Feast' CD - packed with Tudor dances and songs. Plus the e-fanfare and e-scroll and a Trouvère postcard conveying our personal thanks for your support.

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    CD Selection Package! With Christmas delivery! Choose any three of Trouvere's CDs from the following list: Music for a Medieval Prince - or - Music for a Medieval Feast - or - Music for a Tudor Feast - or - Douce Dame Jolie - or - Novela - or - In Bethlehem. You can hear selections from each album on our website at http://www.medievalminstrels.com/cd.php. This is a great chance to grab a deal as the cost includes postage WORLDWIDE! And we will post your items by the end of November, making this a great option for Christmas presents...

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    The Trouvère Music Package. You'll receive Tudor Dance plus a whole lot more historical music on our range of CDs. In total, you'll receive the Tudor Dance double-CD resource pack PLUS our 'Music for a Tudor Feast' CD PLUS our 'Music for a Medieval Feast' CD PLUS our 'Music for a Medieval Prince' CD PLUS our 'Douce Dame Jolie' CD. That's "Tudor Dance' and 4 CDs packed with an amazing range of historical music including songs in Middle English and French and dance music dating back to the thirteenth century, all performed on period instruments. You can check out some of the music on our website, at http://www.medievalminstrels.com/hear_music.php. And don't worry! You'll still also get your e-fanfare and e-scroll plus a Trouvère postcard conveying our personal thanks for your support.

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    A special offer to schools and other organisations in the UK. You will of course receive the 'Tudor Dance' double-CD resource pack plus an amazing whole-day visit from Trouvère to provide Tudor workshops at your school or organisation. This offer includes all expenses for visits within mainland UK, and there is more information about our workshops at: http://www.medievalminstrels.com/workshops.php

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