The Canterbury Faire ball this year will be on Thursday evening, when the (hopefully) cooler night airs will prevail and our wonderful musicians will entice us to dance a Bransle or two, a Galliard or Canario, some Almans, and many many more.
Rest assured, there are dances in there to suit everyone from a first-timer through to accomplished performer; if you took part in the online dance classes during 2020, you will find many of them in this ball. If you’re new to dancing but wanting to join in and give it a go, then there will be a class on the easy dances on Tuesday morning run by Lady Enith.
The ball will be in 5 sets, the list of which can be found on the CF website - , along with the ever popular tassel kick competition after supper between sets 3 and 4.
For the tassel kick this year, Mistress Katherina Weyssin will be providing music - but for those competitors who wish to, you are welcome to enter into contract with your preferred musician, so that you have a style of music tailored to your performance and ready to impress the judges. (Think of it as a heraldic tournament, for dancers?). Potential musicians can be found at ball musicians practices (see the schedule for details), near tournament fields, in the shade of trees, and sometimes in coffee houses or the like. If your musician requires galliard variations to play upon, please contact Master William or Mistress Katherina, as we have several available.
Our new Queen, Tailtu, is the current holder of the Tassel. While she won’t be able to defend her prize in person (this time) we know she eagerly awaits news of the contest.
I hope to see many of you at the ball.
Regards, William de Cameron