Care to dance my lady?
The final activity on the Year 4 residential at Hooke Court was learning some Tudor dance moves. It proved to be very difficult as it involved holding hands – screams and groans from both our Lord and Ladies but we were reassured that we did not have to marry them!! Lord Alan taught us how to curtsey and bow. There was a lot of walking and sliding but not like Mr Tarchetti in Gangnam style, much more refined!
We learnt about a ring dance called a Brawl, which got faster and faster often resulting in people ending up as a big heap, hence the term ‘ringleader’ and where the expression brawl (fight) comes from.
One dance, a carole, even had the same tune as Ding Dong Merrily on High (written in 1547 no less) and involved dancing in a ring then moving the Ladies on to the next Lord.
We even learnt how to hold a sword. Hung on the left side and drawn with the right hand, it meant you could dance with your lady and still protect her if necessary!
What a busy morning.
So that is the end of our Tudor Adventure. We have had a fantastic couple of days and are now ready and very excited about our new Tudor topic. We will amaze you with all the facts we have learnt but also, how we can now make our beds, tidy our bedrooms, pack our own bags and clear up after dinner! What an adventure.
WARNING - your child will be very tired and will need an early night!