War of the Wings upholds a long tradition of dance for both European and Middle Eastern cultures! Dancers can enjoy a European Ball on both Friday and Saturday nights as well as a Hofla on both Friday and Saturday nights. And this year, musicians can enjoy organized bands for creating music for all dance events!
Musicians wishing to participate in the European Pick Up Band, please click here for more details.
Maltese Bransle (SCA version )
Upon a Summers Day
Hole in the Wall
Jenny Pluck Pears
New Bo Peep
Ballo del Fiore
European Dance Practice Ball
Dances will be taught and practiced in preparation for the Masked Ball on Saturday night. The same list of dances will be covered both nights. Extra dances may be taught depending on the success of bribery to the Dance Mistress, Lady Elizabeth Sabine de Northumberland. (Please see the Staff List link for her contact information.)
European Dance Masked Ball and Costume Contest
The theme for the ball this year is Monsters of the World. Masks intended for entry into various competitions should be based on a monster from a known world culture.
A Dessert and Drink Baronial Challenge is also being held in the castle in conjunction with the Masked Ball! The warring baronies will be divided into two teams, North and South. They will "Bring It" with their best desserts and most creative drinks and best decorations. The populace will be the judges as they nibble and taste and vote on the team who has the best and most creative offerings. That team will have bragging rights as the Best Dessert Cooks in these lands until next year.
Dances for Odd Numbers
“There are many period dances that didn't have partners, but sets of three or even five people! We will do some of these including New Year (England c.1500), Belfiore (Italy 1450), Petit Reins (Italy 1475), and some partnerless branles (France 1589). Steps will be taught, but this is not recommended as a beginner's first-ever dance class.
Musicians wishing to participate in the Middle Eastern Hofla Band, please attend rehearsals in the picnic shelter/Madrassa from 2:00-3:00 Thursday, 3:00-4:00 Friday, and 2:00-3:00 Saturday. See Mistress Azza for more details.
A Hofla is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm on Saturday night at the Madrassa. Please check the site program for any time or location changes.
Introduction to Basic Middle Eastern Dance
An introduction to basic posture and steps common to Middle Eastern/ Egyptian dance.
Tribal Improv with Sagat
Tribal Odyssey group improv combinations may be slow or fast, with finger cymbal patterns - but if you don't play cymbals no worries. Finger Cymbals optional! Learn this lead-and-follow format for fun duet or group dancing at Haflas. Tribal Odyssey is a very folkloric style and fits in well with reenactment aesthetics.
This class will concentrate on shimmies and the arabic. Any level of student is welcome.