Bal d’Argent

The Bal d’Argent is the social dance event of the year in Lochac. It is run by a different group each year, with assistance from members of the Guild, and usually includes dance classes as well as a grand ball.

Competition Winners for Bal d’Argent 2016

Several competitions were held at the Ildhafn Bal’dArgent on the November 5 just passed. The victors in these competitions were:

Non-Rondel: Adrian of Ildhafn, for the Maltese Bransle danced in two different versions.

Silver Serif: William de Cameron and Enith verch Gwylim tied for technique and artistry scores, dancing Amoroso, Voltate in Ça Rosina, and Parson’s Farewell

Group: Sympkyn of the Moor, Enith verch Gwylim, William de Cameron and Katherine of Glastonbury dancing Rufty Tufty. This was a close competition, and this quartet only gained the edge over their competitors after a double-time performance danced with hats over the gentlemen’s eyes…

Music: Elizabeth Braithwayte, Elena Harper and Juliana Morosini played an excellent rendition of Gelosia. This competition was originally planned to involve each musician playing a solo verse, but the musicians present decided that being able to play together in consort was more important than the ability to compete, and that requiring a solo was not fair to players of instruments less suited to the written melody line. The assembled company declared this valid, so all three players were deemed winners this year, and the Guild will endeavor to find a better means of recognising the skills of our musicians next year.

Small tokens of their victories were presented to all winners in the combined court of their Excellencies of Ildhafn and Her Excellency of Southron Guaard, to the acclamation of all present.