By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2017-12-16
To the keeping of this our life are necessary the honest pleasures and recreations of the mind,
whereby the art of dance stands ready to minister to the harmony of the soul:
And when we are oppressed by some disturbance, its sustenance and comfort carry us far from each noisome and displeasing thought.
In dancing are acquired many things laudable and honored; it renders a man agile and teaches him to render courtesy and honor and compliments, granting him beauty and decorum.
Who does not know Alexander of Mistig Waetru, a man of such virtuous occupation? For with witty mastery he learns the noble movements of the body, gracefully turning himself, gallant and nimble, so that he attracts silently to himself the minds of others. And if the excellence and dignity of all things are to be judged with proper esteem, it behooves Us today to recognize his worth by granting him Our Award of the Tower’s Light. Let none countermand Our words.
Adapted from Il Ballarino (1581) by Fabritio Caroso (b. 1526 or 1535; d. 1605 or 1620).
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