The Saltatoris Dance Guild was established in
August 1998. Its express purpose is the promotion of dance including,
but not limited to, knowledge, instruction, and performance. Its members
are dedicated to the pursuit of Renaissance dance and strive to better
themselves in this art form.
Membership to the guild is by invitation
only. You do not need to be a member to dance with us, as everyone
is welcome to dance. When an interested party has attended ten dance
practices and can perform three dances, he or she may approach guild
members expressing an interest in joining the guild. If guild members
feel that the candidate is indeed dedicated to the pursuit of dance,
an invitation to join will be extended.
To maintain active
status, a member must
participate in at least one demo or performance a year and in at
least three dance practices in any three-month period. If a member
becomes inactive, it is requested that
he remove the ranking insignia from his badge. If he becomes active
again, he will be allowed to resume his rank provided he can still
accomplish the proficiency-based requirements. If he is unable to
meet those requirements, he will be dropped to the rank with the
proficiency requirements he can meet. A member will be considered
resigned from the guild after a one-year
period of inactivity, unless there are extenuating circumstances
and the guild is so informed.
membership will be granted on an individual basis by a 75% vote
of the active members. Honorary guild members are those individuals
who wish to be formally associated with the Saltatoris Dance Guild
but, for whatever reason, do not wish to participate in the ranking
system. They are entitled to wear the guild badge without ranking
There are five ranks within the guild.
New members will automatically be placed at the Novice level. At
this time, the member may display the guild badge. When a guild
member feels he or she has achieved the next rank, he needs to present
his case to the guild. Advancement will be granted if a majority
vote of the guild members so deem it. Any teaching requirement must
have been witnessed and approved by at least two guild members in
order to qualify for the rank.
Ranked guild members are entitled to embellish
their guild badge as follows: a blue aventurine for novice, a blue aventurine
for novitiate, a silver pearl for acolyte, a gold pearl for journeyman,
and a bell for magister/magistra.
The Gratias Award is commonly known as the Pearl.
It is a tangible way of saying thank you for whatever the
giver wishes to publicly recognize. Pearls are added to the recipients
guild badge according to his own tastes.
Award of the Grove and Purple Fretty
The Award of the Grove was presented to
the Saltatoris Dance Guild by Her Majesty Alys at the Tournament
of the Rose on June 2, 2002. The Award of the Purple Fretty was
presented by Their Magesties Brannos and Rebekah at Val Day on February
12, 2005.The guild badge may be embellished with these awards.
This page was
last updated on August 29, 2011.