A Formal Lesson in Dance, Hosted by Hallifax

ZyphoraZyphora :: the sun in her splendour ::Member Posts: 398 Transcendent
Summary: Audric and Tisianna were recruited to showcase and teach the waltz and mazurka to a group of Hallifaxians. Irillia and Zyphora then taught the minuet, with varying degrees of success. We had surprise guests from Magnagora and Serenwilde as well! Finally, Gabriella ended with a dance from the Moondancers.

A crystalline overlook of the skies. (Hallifax City)
Banks of clouds roil about here. This balcony juts straight out into the 
expansive sky and is enveloped by gentle breezes and zephyrs. Crafted solely out 
of lambent crystal, the structure is multi-faceted, refracting rainbows and 
stars within the cold stone. Birds have nested between the gemstone rails, the 
tiny beds composed of odd-and-ends like metallic wires and jewel shavings. 
Cottony wisps of cloud drift languidly through azure skyline, peppering the blue 
with motes of fluffy whiteness. The dull monotone of the city drifts in like the 
slow movements of the clouds, meanwhile the air is imbued with a frigid 
temperature. Primus Vivet Pavok is here. She wields an emerald void blaster in 
her left hand and a glowing powerstone in her right. Abecedarian Audric is here. 
Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper is here. Execumatrix Magnificus Portius 
Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax is here. Minister Irillia Shevat, the 
Aesthete's Renaissance is here, surrounded by clouds. She wields a delicate 
crystal staff in her left hand. She is surrounded by one reflection of herself. 
Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina is here. He wields a dusky 
crystal lyre in his left hand and a hefty shovel in his right.
You see a single exit leading down.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper asks in a hesitant voice, "Are we ready to 
begin?"

Portius nods his head at Tisianna.

(Hallifax): Irillia says, "Are there any others who would like to attend the 
dancing lesson? We are currently at the balcony above the Transcendental Aviary, 
for any late comers who are interested."

You have emoted: Zyphora nods, her expression softening.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "I do suppose everyone 
is here who wishes to be."

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance smiles and says to Tisianna, 
"Would you like to begin?"

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper looks over those gathered with a touch of 
apprehension, her sweetbrier gaze soon settling onto Audric with a warm smile. 
"Yes," she answers softly.

Abecedarian Audric inclines his horned head in a polite bow, smiling back at 
Tisianna as he offers her his hand.

Irillia tells you, "I must say, you are taking your daughter's engagement to the,
 ah, the viscanti, with remarkable aplomb, dear Zyphora."

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper slips her hand into Audric's, her gaze 
once more turning to the crowd as she announces in a steady voice, "For the 
benefit of the Collective, we will be performing a variety of dances which are 
complementary to the three-four time signature. To begin with, we will learn the 
waltz, also known as the box dance." With that, the trill turns towards her 
partner, placing her free hand upon his shoulder as she squares her own.

You tell Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance, "I still struggle 
with the thought of it, but... as long as she is happy."

You tell Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance, "And I daresay if 
their partnership leads to events such as these... It is ultimately the best for 
the Collective."

Abecedarian Audric adopts a fond expression as he observes Tisianna, soon moving 
to settle his hand at the back of her shoulder and holding their conjoined hands 
aloft at a slight distance to the side. Once he seems certain that both of them 
are ready, the Viscanti takes a smooth step forward with one foot, then another 
to the side in a fluid motion.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper follows after Audric's lead, her 
expression pleasant as she speaks to the crowd, "We will start with the lead 
first. Notice the beats." She counts as the pair steps the set again, the low 
cadence of 'one, two, three,' filling the air. Glancing to those gathered, she 
instructs, "The lead steps forward, and then to the side, finally bringing their 
feet together, like so."

Abecedarian Audric moves back with his right foot, performing an inverse mirror 
of his previous steps to draw the pair where they had started - the motion 
bearing them in a pattern not dissimilar to a square.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper continues in firm tone, "And then, the 
next set. This is the follower's steps." Nodding to Audric, she counts out, "One 
steps back, to the side, and then together." The actions are performed deftly 
before she smiles pleasantly again, a subtle pressure applied to the viscanti's 
shoulder sending the pair through the whole series of motions, six counts total. 
As they come to a halt, she instructs merrily to those gathered, "Now, I would 
encourage you to try your steps at this time."

Curtseying, you say to Irillia, "Would you care to be my partner, dear Irillia?"

Irillia's eyes sparkle with amusement.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to you, "We shall be 
dancing together later, my dear. Should you not take this opportunity to favour 
another dancer with your partnership?"

The corners of your mouth turn up as you grin mischievously.

You say, "Ah, a very logical idea."

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris turns to 
Portius, saying with a smile, "Care to be my partner, Librarian?"

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
you, "If you would like me to inflict myself upon you, I shall do so, as is 
generally considered gentlemanly."

Nodding her head with an amused smile, you say, "Of course, I would not mind 
such an affliction in the slightest."
  
Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, 
"Then it shall be so."

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
Tisianna, "Instructor, I have often read of men starting such dances with a kiss 
upon their partner's hand. Given that I am to dance with my cousin and that I am 
married, is it excusable for me to dispense with that particular formality?"

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper blinks widely at Portius, her gaze casting 
between the pair before she utters, "Yes. I believe so. It is only a lesson."

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance conceals a grin with a 
velvet-gloved hand before she turns toward Yatrius.

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris gives Portius a 
look quite comparable to eye-rolling.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, 
"Wonderful. Then I instead begin with a bow."

Portius bows respectfully to you.

Yatrius peers about himself unscrupulously.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to Yatrius, "Libretto, 
would you be amenable to serving as my partner briefly during this waltzing 
lesson?"

You curtsey gracefully before Portius.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper says to Vivet, "Ah, Primus. If you wish I 
may practice with you."

With a small smile, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says to 
Irillia, "I would be happy to fulfill that role for you, in this place and time."

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax flashes a 
smile at you before pulling you into something that strongly but imperfectly 
resembles the correct position for the dance.

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina bows to Irillia, offering a hand 
for her to take.

Primus Vivet Pavok says to Tisianna, "Certainly. Hopefully I can remember 
everything, I'm ever distracted these days and can't keep things straight."

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance chuckles softly at Yatrius's 
answer and inclines her head graciously, resting her hand lightly in his.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
you, "Well. Everything appears to be in order from my position. If you are 
prepared, cousin?"

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris delicately 
clears her throat, using her hand to gently push Portius's arms and posture into 
the correct positions before placing one hand upon his shoulder and the other in 
his grasp.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper gives a little laugh, saying to Audric, 
"You shall have to walk through the crowd and offer instruction where I miss it."
With that, she steps over to Vivet, performing a curtsy before taking the 
other's hands into position.

With a smile, you say, "I am ready."

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
you, "Then let us dance."

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina grasps Irillia's left hand in his 
own, carefully placing his right around to the small of her back and keeping a 
hands-width apart.

Abecedarian Audric inclines his head in affirmation of Tisianna's words, looking 
amidst those gathered.

Primus Vivet Pavok nods slowly while studying each subtle movement, stilting her 
feet slightly to avoid moving out of place.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax slowly 
begins to take the first steps of the dance, exhaling slightly as he does so.

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina smiles and says to Irillia, "Are 
you ready to begin, Minister?"

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper smiles to Vivet, nodding politely before 
casting off, counting the steps lowly as she takes the lead of the dance. The 
gentle cadence of 'one, two, three,' fills the air upon each beat.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance smiles impishly and says to 
Yatrius, "Indeed, let us attempt to waltz together with adequate grace."

Yatrius grins mischievously at Irillia.

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina nods his head to the music and 
carefully takes the first measured step, delicately leading Irillia to the beat.

Abecedarian Audric assists in keeping time by clapping slowly in tandem with 
Tisianna's count, yet keeping a watchful eyes on the steps of those present.

Primus Vivet Pavok gazes downwards with a small frown, seemingly unable to make 
sense of the simple stepping pattern and rigidly executing each motion with a 
concentrated effort.

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris follows 
Portius's lead, her steps light, mirroring her partner's own. In three-quarter 
time, she steps backward with each of his forward steps, to the left as he goes 
to the right, and so on.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance carefully takes a tentative 
step back with one slippered foot, then obediently follows with another step to 
the side in time to Tisianna's beat.

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper whispers to Vivet, "Think of it as a box. 
Imagine there is a square upon the ground, and you are stepping upon its corners."

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax begins to 
mutter the formal names of assorted bones and muscles in time with the music as 
he continues to dance in a generally adequate manner.

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina begins to take more earnest steps,
 gradually getting more adventurous with his leading of Irillia.

Primus Vivet Pavok nods mechanically once more, focusing even more intently on 
ensuring every step is precisely equidistant.

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris blinks with 
some surprise at Portius's quiet words, murmuring in an undertone between counts,
 "What are you doing?" She continues to gracefully follow the steps of the dance,
 whirling with her partner around the dance floor in slow revolving movements.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax breaks 
off his muttering and gives you his best attempt at a look of pure innocence. "I 
was reciting the formal names of certain bones and muscles, many of which are of 
great importance in this sort of thing. At the Institute we tell our students 
that rhythm can be a useful aide to memorization. I simply thought that 
memorization might in turn be useful in maintaining rhythm."

Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper offers Vivet an encouraging smile as she 
continues to count out the beats. After a short time of practicing, she whispers 
to her partner, "Pardon me," before slowing the pair to a halt. Her sweetbrier 
gaze casts over those gathered, asking, "Is anyone having trouble?"

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance whispers to Yatrius, "Do you 
think we have found the rhythm of the waltz properly?"

With a mildly surprised look upon his face, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, 
Crystal Cavatina whispers to Irillia, "I was just about to ask you that."

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina whispers to Irillia, "And to 
answer your question, yes, I do believe we have."

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris calls out, 
"We're just fine, dear," before murmuring in the same undertone as before, "Well,
 perhaps, but it's not very suitable for formal presentation of a dance." She 
withdraws from Portius to twirl with gossamer grace, her hand grasping Portius's 
above her head, before drawing close once more. "If we were performing for an 
audience, we ought to be graceful in both movement and facial expression," she 
says softly.

Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance whispers to Yatrius, "Hmm. 
Well, it does seem like we have been synchronising counting to three together, 
and our steps do conform to a shape reminiscent of a box, as they advised. I 
think we are doing fine."

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax gives you 
a discreet look that is somewhere between amusement and confusion. "My dear, 
dear cousin. Is there anything that one can do with one's lips that is more 
graceful than showing off your knowledge of the noble sciences?"

Wearing a questioning smile, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says 
to Irillia, "Then, shall we proceed to more improvisational dancing maneuvers?"

Pausing and then shaking her head briefly, Minister Irillia Shevat, the 
Aesthete's Renaissance says to Yatrius, "As much as I appreciate the sentiment, 
let us not, until we have learned from our instructors which improvisational 
maneouvres are proper for the waltz."
  
Primus Vivet Pavok looks thoughtful and says, "I would assume it is time to 
study a new form?"

You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris returns 
Portius's look with an innocuous smile. "One might smile coyly, or engage one's 
partner in talk of delicate things."

Hesitantly, Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper asks, "Is everyone ready to 
move on?"

Primus Vivet Pavok says, "Certainly."

Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says, "I believe we are."

Drawing back from Portius and curtseying, you say, "Yes."

Irillia nods her head at Tisianna.

Abecedarian Audric ceases his keeping of the time, clasping his hands politely 
behind his back and walking back over toward Tisianna.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax bows to 
you once more.

Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, 
"Quite so, Instructor."
Motes of light around the caldera pulse brightly as a soft voice echoes,
"But She was lovely, and all She touched became lovely, too.
And She touched the Architect's heart, a place that no other had claimed with their artistry."

::
"Or if you pick up something a little too heavy for you, does it hurt?
It is only a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself."

- Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

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  • ZyphoraZyphora :: the sun in her splendour :: Member Posts: 398 Transcendent
    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper fans her wings idly as she watches those 
    gathered, soon smiling as she steps before Audric. "This dance, the mazurka, is 
    very lively and may be performed as well in three-four time. To start, the first 
    set, it is very similar to walking. You move on beat - like so." Taking off with 
    her partner, she chirps out with each enlivened footfall, "Walk, walk, walk," as 
    her feet touch the ground, the movement similar to a fast-paced walk as she 
    keeps in tempo.

    Abecedarian Audric utters a soft laugh as the pair begin to move, repeating with 
    amusement, "Walk, walk, walk," as he keeps time with Tisiannas steps, appearing 
    entirely too amused with the tempo of the dance.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance glances down worriedly at 
    her own feet and then at Tisianna's and Audric's, eyeing the lively, rhythmic 
    steps with apprehension.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper offers Audric a little laugh before 
    directing, "The next section is a bit of syncopation. Think of it like shuffling 
    back and forth." She turns to face the audience, demonstrating the lively little 
    shifting of weight between her feet. "Left, right, and then hop!" she exclaims 
    with a smile, the movements quite a bit bouncier than the previous waltz.

    Abecedarian Audric attempts to mimic Tisiannas steps, stepping to the left to 
    the right before he makes a lively hop, completely missing the landing and 
    falling instead of regaining his balance. The viscanti leaps back up to his feet 
    as quickly as possible, clearing his throat softly before he abruptly begins to 
    pretend that nothing has happened.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper blinks widely as Audric falls, her 
    sweetbrier gaze concerned as she asks him in a hushed tone, "Are you alright? 
    Would you like to pause?"

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina tightens his lips and 
    concentrates upon the instructors' steps, nodding his head to their fast tempo.

    Abecedarian Audric shakes his head, offering a brief, wholly abashed smile to 
    Tisianna before he offers her his hand once more.

    Marcella inclines her head politely to those around her.

    You have emoted: Zyphora follows the steps of the dance with an idle expression, 
    belied only by the quick movements of her eyes.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper casts the viscanti a somewhat uncertain 
    glance before taking his hand once more. "Now, you place those two sets together.
     Walk, walk, walk," she says, stepping off with Audric in a lively motion, 
    followed by the shifting of weight in tempo, and then finally a hop. The pair 
    moves off in a vastly different direction as the set is complete, repeating the 
    actions once more. Looking back to the crowd, she says with a smile, "You may 
    step in any direction for this dance, just be aware of your fellow dancers as 
    you move - you wouldn't want to run into anyone by accident!"

    Irillia nods her head in agreement.

    Yatrius hides a grin behind his hand.

    Abecedarian Audric seems to be getting the hang of the dance as time goes on, 
    though he almost stumbles once more on a hop. With a broad smile, he confides 
    lowly to Tisianna, "This is the best part," before jumping a bit to the right.

    Vivet nods solemnly.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper emits a trilling laugh as she looks to 
    Audric, soon slowing the pair after several sets of the dance have been 
    performed. "Pair up!" She calls brightly.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Ahem. Minister 
    Gabriella of Serenwilde has asked if she may join these lessons and appreciate 
    the rich culture of the Collective. I hope this meets with no objections?"

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli looms from the stairs to the edge of the far 
    walkway, installing herself unobtrusively as a statue as the ur'Guard attempts 
    to discern what exactly is taking place here.

    You say to Irillia, "There are no objections from me."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, "I 
    have none."

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper says to Irillia, "Oh, if she would like."

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says, "The more, the merrier."

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina steps back from Irillia, bowing 
    to her in thanks for the dance.

    Gabriella curtseys gracefully. 

    It is now the 14th of Shanthin, 356 years after the Coming of Estarra.

    Irillia flashes Gabriella a joyous smile.

    With a flourish of her arm, Vivet bows deeply.

    Portius bows respectfully to Gabriella.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope smiles warmly at Irillia, you, and 
    Portius.

    You curtsey gracefully before Gabriella.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Welcome, Hierophant. 
    We have just learned the mazurka from our fine instructors, Tisianna and Audric."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope laughingly says, "Do please excuse 
    my interruption. The Mazurka? How intriguing."

    Yatrius doffs a silk top hat with a dark blue, embroidered band to Gabriella.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance frowns and says, "It seems 
    to involve much quick steps and a...hop, which fills me with deep apprehension."

    Gabriella's eyes sparkle with amusement.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says, "A hop, Minister?"

    Solemnly, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "A hop, 
    Hierophant."

    Abecedarian Audric says, "The hop is the best part."

    Clapping her hands, you say, "Let's pair up, as our instructors requested."
     
    Primus Vivet Pavok asks, "Not a skip, or a jump. A very slight movement if 
    preferred, I think?"

    Abecedarian Audric clears his throat softly, extending one hand outwards as he 
    asks of Zyphora, "Would you care to dance?"

    Gabriella lowers the hood on a bare-midriffed robes ensemble of creamy white.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris takes a step 
    back briefly in astonishment, an indecipherable look upon her features. "Why... 
    yes, Abecedarian," she says carefully as she appears to come back to her senses. 
    There is the briefest moment of hesitation, such that it would not be noticed at 
    all but for the pause in her statement, before she takes Audric's hand 
    delicately, as though gripping a handkerchief.
     
    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper casts a brilliant smile to Zyphora and 
    Audric, soon calling again, "Pair up, pair up!"

    Vivet purses her lips pensively, gazing off into the distance as she carefully 
    gathers her thoughts.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper begins to move through those gathered, 
    calling in a loud voice as she keeps tempo, her hands clapping upon each beat, 
    "One, two, three. Ma-zur-ka. One, two three."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope clasps her hands in front of 
    herself, moving to the side to observe this new dance, so as not to be in the 
    way.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance glances at the assembled 
    citizens and takes a step forward as if to approach one, but then glances 
    hurriedly back at Tisianna, murmurs the word, "Hop" in a worried tone, and 
    hesitates.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina takes his hat off in a bow to 
    Vivet, placing it back upon his head before offering a crystalline hand to Vivet.

    Abecedarian Audric inclines his horned head politely to Zyphora, a faint smile 
    evidenced upon his features as his hand is taken. With a low laugh, he follows 
    the time of the clapped beat, leading the trill in the lively steps of the 
    mazurka.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper halts near Irillia, her hands still 
    clapping the tempo as she assures in a quiet voice, "It's just a little one."

    You laughingly say to Gabriella, "Why don't you draw Portius into a dance?"

    Primus Vivet Pavok inclines her head slowly to Yatrius, accepting the hand with 
    a firm grasp before stilling, as though waiting to follow.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina takes a glance toward their 
    instructors, before following their posture and placing one hand in the small of 
    Vivet's back.

    In dismay, Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says to you, "Me? But I 
    was not here for the lesson! Oh dear."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris's expression 
    quickly sobers as she concentrates on the dance, quickening her steps in a brisk 
    walk with Audric. This is swiftly followed by a delicate step to the left, to 
    the right, and then a light hop, repeating the entire sequence over again in a 
    different direction.

    With a faint, amused chuckle, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's 
    Renaissance says, "Perhaps you two pairs should attempt the dance first, before 
    the rest of us venture to emulate you."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris calls over to 
    Gabriella, "Just watch what everyone else does! Tisianna will correct postures 
    and steps."

    Primus Vivet Pavok locks her gaze unblinkingly upon Yatrius' eyes, murmuring the 
    instructions of walk, walk, walk, hop.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax gives you 
    the sort of look that is generally frowned upon in polite society as he inches 
    towards Gabriella, resignation in his eyes.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina takes a step forward, carefully 
    leading Vivet in a cautious version of the fast-paced mazurka.

    Abecedarian Audric manages to execute the hop without falling this time, his 
    movements swift as he matches those of Zyphora. As the secondary set of steps 
    reach their termination, he hops lightly once more, appearing vaguely amused 
    with the situation.
     
    Primus Vivet Pavok unerringly matches pace, wholly absorbed in achieving 
    syncronisation.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper smiles brightly as she steps through the 
    crowd, calling, "Walk, walk, walk! One, two, three! Left, right, hop!" Humming 
    absently as if to create a melody for those dancing, she continues to clap out 
    the tempo.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "If I attempt this dance, there is a very real possibility that I 
    shall do it so poorly that men will cover their eyes in shame, women will weep, 
    the floor will crack beneath me in protest, and that the Lady Herself wil be so 
    ashamed of me that She comes here to strip me of all rank."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "Having given fair warning, should we indulge my cousin and dance?"
      
    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope's smile falters, glancing between 
    you and Portius, before she turns her attention wholly to him.

    Marcella's eyes sparkle with amusement.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance laughingly says, "For a 
    supposed truth-telling scientist, Librarian, you have a decidedly poetic gift 
    for hyperbolic exaggeration."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "It is not hyperbolic, Minister, but rather a low probability 
    hypothesis. I understand that for an artist such as yourself the difference may 
    not be evident."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "There is, however, a difference."
      
    Quite solemnly, Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says to Portius, "I 
    do quite believe that if any pair of dancers were more destined for disaster, 
    they have not existed in this time, my dear Librarian. For I too fear, that I 
    may cause such dire things with the movement of my own feet, untaught as I am. 
    But I shall risk it, for our dear Zyphora."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris becomes silent 
    as she continues to dance with Audric, her gaze drifting somewhere to the left 
    of his head. Her movements remain serene and buoyant, as though lifted by the 
    air itself, the depth of her concentration betrayed only by the vague frown upon 
    her countenance.
      
    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope extends her hand to Portius, after 
    a moment of hesitation.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax takes 
    Gabriella's hand in his own and begins a very sad attempt at the Mazurka, 
    staring at the other dancers, seemingly in the hope that he will find guidance 
    in watching them.

    Abecedarian Audric draws Zyphora slowly to a halt, inclining his head once more 
    politely as he remarks, "It was pleasant dancing with you. Thank you." He nods 
    once more, releasing her hand politely.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope's expression is one of polite, 
    albeit obvious, distress at the situation for a brief moment, as she follows the 
    movements of Portius, similary following his gaze as she hopelessly tries to 
    emulate the other dancers.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris curtseys before 
    Audric, murmuring, "It was my pleasure."
     
    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper calls helpfully, "Walk, walk, walk. Left, 
    right, hop!"

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance eases furtively toward the 
    railing and places a steadying hand upon it, before practising the dance in 
    miniature by herself, ending with a tiny, restrained hop.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax sharply 
    inhales as the dance comes to the much dreaded hop. He stumbles, flapping his 
    wings and created an effect not unlike that of a terrestrial bird striking at 
    its prey.

    Abecedarian Audric emits a low laugh, walking back over toward Tisianna and 
    offering her a wry grin as he observes the goings on.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina moves along to the beat, 
    attempting to lead Vivet through the aerial portions of the dance.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax glances 
    about and mutters to himself, "I do hope those confounded artists appreciate the 
    attempt, at least."

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper winks almost playfully at Audric before 
    forgoing a partner, her wings flared as she begins the lively steps of the 
    mazurka on her own.

    Primus Vivet Pavok gives a smart hop, clearly straining to not leap too high and 
    remain on a matching rhythm with Yatrius' slower tempo.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina speeds up, clearly trying to 
    match Vivet's more brisk pace.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope holds a fold of her sari skirts 
    slightly up and to the side so as not to trip on them as she follows Portius 
    about the overlook. Frowning in concentration, she walks with measured steps, 
    catching herself in surprise as she and Portius stumble at the crucial hopping 
    moment.
      
    Shaking her head at herself in dismay, Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming 
    Hope says, "Sweet Serenity, this should not be so difficult! I am elfen, for 
    goodness sake."

    Gabriella mutters to herself discontentedly.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "And I am trill, which my beloved cousin seems to believe is an 
    advantage in this sort of thing. It seems that such things are not relevant."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says to Portius, "Clearly she has 
    not performed enough experiments upon the matter."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "Obviously not, and yet she persists in that belief."

    Primus Vivet Pavok observes the change, moving with deft, sharp steps that 
    slowly accelerate before darting left, slowing to the right, and leaping with a 
    fluttering hop.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says to Portius, "We must write a 
    book upon the errors of assuming racial superiority when it comes to dancing. 
    Perhaps an instructional play on the dangers of not properly researching such 
    things."
    Motes of light around the caldera pulse brightly as a soft voice echoes,
    "But She was lovely, and all She touched became lovely, too.
    And She touched the Architect's heart, a place that no other had claimed with their artistry."

    ::
    "Or if you pick up something a little too heavy for you, does it hurt?
    It is only a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself."

    - Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
  • ZyphoraZyphora :: the sun in her splendour :: Member Posts: 398 Transcendent
    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper spins a full circle mid-step, her wings 
    flared for balance as she looks to those gathered. "How are we doing?" She asks 
    brightly.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "I fear that such a play is easily combined with a lesson on sound 
    medical practices."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope frowns as she speaks, addressing 
    her comments to Portius, to her feet as she watches them, so as not to trip 
    again.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says to Portius, "We will win many 
    honours for it, no doubt, and be lauded for our enlightenment of the masses."

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina follow Vivet's mocements, moving 
    his crystalline body with a surprising grace.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance repeats the sequence of 
    steps again, but pauses just before the hop and frowns to herself, replacing it 
    with a simple, ladylike click of her silk-slippered heel.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Gabriella, "I would certainly hope so! It would be of great use to all people 
    who attempt to learn to dance."

    Primus Vivet Pavok says, "I do believe I prefer this swifter movement. There is 
    less time to fret over every last detail and it is easier to achieve fluidity 
    thusly."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax makes 
    another poor attempt at the insidiously difficult hop. "Confound it all," he 
    mutters, "I do believe Volucer could manage this better than I."

    Primus Vivet Pavok asks Yatrius, "Do you desire more practice, or are you 
    satisfied at this time?"

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope throws her head back and laughs 
    merrily for a moment, turning and attempting the hop once more. "Can you imagine 
    Volucer and Shashi dancing the marzuka together? Our Ladies would be in fits."

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper's expression falls slightly as she looks 
    to those dancing, her gaze uncertain before she hazards, "Perhaps the Minister 
    would like to perform the minuet, as discussed?"

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax nods at 
    Gabriella. "It would be worth every stumble we have suffered to see that!"

    Gabriella's eyes sparkle with amusement at Portius.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, 
    "But should we perhaps agree that this particular dance is a miserable 
    failure for us, and retain a shred of dignity? I believe the next dance is 
    likely to start in a minuet."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax leans in 
    towards Gabriella. "That was a cunning pun, if you did not notice it."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope doesn't bat an eyelash, inclining 
    her head gravely to Portius. "It was most clever of you, Librarian."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope withdraws her hand from Portius, 
    taking a small step back and curtseying gracefully before him. "Do pardon me a 
    brief moment though, my friend. I will be right back."

    Returning back toward the centre of the balcony, Minister Irillia Shevat, the 
    Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Indeed, I suppose we have all done our best with 
    the mazurka. Are we all ready to study the statelier and slower dance known as 
    the minuet?"

    You smile and say, "I believe we are, Minister."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope shakes out her skirts, and strides 
    back into the group, turning her attention to the instructors.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper exhales quietly, a soft smile touching her 
    lips as she steps to stand beside Audric.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope whispers to Portius, "What did I 
    miss?"

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance smiles and clears her throat 
    distinctly to summon everyone's attention as she comes to stand beside you.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax whispers 
    to Gabriella, "They are preparing to demonstrate the minuet. You missed nothing 
    of note."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Very well, then."

    In a vaguely lecturing tone, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance 
    says, "The minuet is a classic ballroom dance in which precision, control, grace,
     and harmony with one's partner are paramount, thus making it a most appropriate 
    dance for the citizens of Hallifax to perform."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax whispers 
    to Gabriella, "And as such, perhaps one in which I am not doomed to failure."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Traditionally, it is 
    used as the starting dance of a ball or celebration, followed by other livelier 
    and more spirited dances. Such as, for example, the mazurka, which has presented 
    us all with such a challenge."

    Irillia's eyes sparkle with amusement.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope whispers to Portius, "Let us pay 
    attention, to ensure no further mistakes then."

    Gabriella tilts her head and listens intently to Irillia.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "This stately, 
    moderately-paced dance takes place in three-quarter time and is characterised 
    with small, delicate steps performed upon the toes or the front of the feet, 
    feather-light footwork, and an orderly sequence of dance figures."

    Marcella gives boots of the garwight the once-over, eyeing it suspiciously.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "Though the two 
    partners need rarely or never touch during the dancing itself, the elegant and 
    symmetrical figures of the minuet nevertheless make it a marvellous social and 
    courtship dance, as well as the perfect display of the dancers' etiquette, grace,
     balance, and creativity."

    Gabriella ponders pearl-trimmed snowy white slippers thoughtfully, looking it up 
    and down.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope murmurs, "Oh, I am glad I fetched 
    shoes for this."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "But enough 
    explaining! Let us demonstrate for you, to the best of our abilities, the beauty 
    of the minuet."

    Marcella peers at Irillia unscrupulously.

    With an airy wave of her hand, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's 
    Renaissance says, "For this dance, High Scion Zyphora will be my partner."

    You have emoted: Zyphora curtseys with an extravagant flourish at the 
    introduction.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris gently takes 
    Irillia by the hand and leads her to the centre of the dance floor. "The dance 
    begins and ends with the leading dancer to the left," she explains in an 
    authoritative voice.

    In a clear, resonant tone, you say, "Before every dance, as you have observed, 
    one must display the requisite courtesy towards both audience and partner by 
    bowing or curtseying."

    You have emoted: Zyphora turns to the amassed dance students and curtseys 
    gracefully. She continues, "If one were to perform for an individual of noble 
    personage, one would direct the first acknowledgement towards him or her."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris turns to her 
    partner, Irillia, and curtseys with similar grace.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance follows your lead and 
    performs a low curtsey toward the audience, before turning toward you and 
    executing another respectful curtsey with a gracious bow of her head.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris takes a 
    graceful step towards Irillia, gently pivoting on her opposite foot to face the 
    audience. With a smile towards her partner, she says, "Both dancers turn to face 
    the audience again, and take one another's hand." She lifts her right hand to 
    take Irillia's left one in her own, keeping their joined hands at chest level.

    In the same clarion tone, you say, "Walk towards the audience in what is 
    recognised as the minuet step. Each person takes a long, dipping step with their 
    inside foot, then three shorter, quicker steps. The dance is entirely composed 
    of these four steps. Whatever figures are made by both partners, remember to 
    always maintain the minuet's stepping pattern."

    You have emoted: Zyphora takes a slow, gliding step forward with her right foot, 
    following with three light, graceful steps. She repeats this motion again, her 
    steps airy, as though lent aid by the zephyrs that occasionally breeze through 
    the room.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris gently releases 
    Irillia's hand, her palm still facing upward as though cradling a sphere of air. 
    Her other hand clasps a fold of her skirts, sweeping it gracefully with her 
    steps, the material whispering lushly with every movement.

    Pausing to explain, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, 
    "Then, pivot on your outermost foot and perform a half-turn to face in the 
    opposite direction. From there, proceed forward with a single minuet step. At 
    the end of the step, one partner will perform a minuet step backward, while the 
    other dancer will continue forward and turn around to face their partner across 
    the floor."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris's creamy, 
    golden-edged wings flare outward, casting sunlit brightness upon her 
    surroundings as she sweeps in counterclockwise fashion while Irillia similarly 
    revolves in clockwise fashion with a complementary unfurling of soft cloud-grey 
    wings.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance promenades alongside you in 
    seemingly effortless harmony through another sequence of one long step and three 
    smaller, quicker steps, only the faint crease between her brows betraying her 
    effort in making the dance appear nonchalant and serene.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris assumes an air 
    of dignified gallantry as she draws herself up and strides backward with a 
    dipping motion followed by three lighter, sprightlier steps, as Irillia daintily 
    drifts past with skirts swaying and revolves around to face Zyphora once more.

    You say, "In this figure, the two partners will then dance in a circular pattern 
    around the centre of the floor, always facing each other and always moving in 
    the same direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise. Once the partners have 
    effectively exchanged places across the floor, the two will then advance forward 
    toward each other to meet in the centre of the floor."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance and you incline their heads 
    to each other, before simultaneously and smoothly gliding counterclockwise 
    around the floor, their steps tracing the outline of a perfect circle.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris and Irillia 
    exchange radiant smiles as their refined, rhythmic steps begin spiralling inward 
    toward each other, bringing them face to face. With identical gestures, they 
    uplift their right hands to entwine together ever so briefly, before the two 
    dancers withdraw with a gracious nod and continue past each other in a second 
    minuet step.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance and your gazes meet as they 
    turn their heads back toward each other. Concluding the curving figure of the 
    minuet, both dancers perform a simple pirouette and face each other again, their 
    steps rigorously conforming to the minuet step's one long and three small steps 
    as they sail around the floor clockwise in another faultless circle.

    Clearing her throat delicately, you say, "This concludes the standard figure of 
    the minuet, in which the partners approach and then withdraw from each other 
    across the floor in an S- or Z-shaped figure."

    You say, "Simpler or more elaborate figures can be devised and performed as the 
    two dancers desire, from something as straightforward as performing the minuet 
    step in parallel lines together to the complex task of delineating an intricate 
    mandala across the dance floor."

    You say, "As mentioned before, whatever figures you chose to dance with your 
    partner, the most important factor to remember is to always maintain the 
    minuet's stepping pattern of one long, flowing step followed by three shorter, 
    smaller steps consistently throughout the dance."

    Nodding in solemn agreement, Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance 
    says, "Ultimately, dancing the minuet emphasises, not showy footwork or gaudy 
    gestures, but control, synchronicity, and spatial awareness of the partners and 
    audience. Though simple to learn, the minuet is challenging to master and is 
    always a pleasure to behold."

    You say, "At the end of the minuet, both partners must once more display the 
    requisite courtesy towards the audience and each other with another series of 
    bows and curtseys."
    Motes of light around the caldera pulse brightly as a soft voice echoes,
    "But She was lovely, and all She touched became lovely, too.
    And She touched the Architect's heart, a place that no other had claimed with their artistry."

    ::
    "Or if you pick up something a little too heavy for you, does it hurt?
    It is only a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself."

    - Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
  • ZyphoraZyphora :: the sun in her splendour :: Member Posts: 398 Transcendent
    edited June 2013
    Looking at Irillia hopefully, Marcella raises her hand high in the air.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance accordingly moves with 
    measured, gliding steps to rejoin you at the centre of the floor.

    Clapping her hands once, you say, "Now pair up and dance, everyone!"

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to Marcella, "Yes, what 
    is it?"

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Irillia, "So, what you are saying is that 
    dancing this 'minuet' requires a great amount of discipline?"

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to Marcella, "I believe 
    I have said so perhaps three or four times, yes. I am glad the message has been 
    properly conveyed."

    Gabriella raises the hood on a bare-midriffed robes ensemble of creamy white.

    Abecedarian Audric extends his hand toward Tisianna in offering, a vaguely 
    bemused expression evident on his dark features as he offers her a slight bow.

    Deep in thought, Vivet leans her cheek on her hand.

    Showing that she understands, Marcella nods her head slowly.

    Marcella looks about herself suspiciously.

    Yatrius peers about himself unscrupulously.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "I sense a certain 
    sense of hesitation among you, citizens. Shall we practise a far simpler figure 
    of the minuet?"

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper casts Audric the same expression before 
    she slips her hand into his own, a pleasant smile soon radiating across her 
    features as she curtseys. With that, she steps off with her partner, whispering 
    beats under her breath.

    Primus Vivet Pavok says, "I suppose everyone is in roughly the same position of 
    expecting someone else to take charge."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope uncertainly places her hand upon 
    the rail, furtively imitating small, stepping motions of the minuet with a long, 
    then three short movements.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "You're tall. Assist me in 
    demonstrating my discipline to those gathered, as most of the others here do not 
    come close to matching me vertically."

    Marcella looks about herself suspiciously.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "Please."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, "I 
    cannot speak for anyone else, but I have found so far that waiting for a women 
    to attach herself to me is the best way to pick a partner for this sort of thing."

    Abecedarian Audric takes one smooth step forward, followed by three smaller 
    steps in quick succession, brow furrowed in concentration as he casts furtive 
    glances over toward Tisianna to ensure that he keeps time with her.

    It is now the 15th of Shanthin, 356 years after the Coming of Estarra.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says, 
    "Thus, I wait."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance smiles impishly and says to 
    Portius, "Is that so, dear Librarian? I thought the Lady would have taught you 
    that the polite protocol is for the gentleman to ask a chosen lady to dance with 
    him, rather than the other way around."

    Bowing to Marcella, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says to 
    Marcella, "I would be happy to help you demonstrate your dancing discipline."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope releases her grip upon the rail, 
    and drifts casually over to you.

    Marcella lifts her chin bravely and squares her shoulders.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper whispers quietly to Audric, "You're doing 
    quite well at this. Much better than I, I think." Her sweetbrier gaze falls to 
    the ground as she shuffles alongside the viscanti, her movements stiff for some 
    time before she manages anything resembling grace at the quicker strides.

    You tilt your head curiously at Gabriella.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "Even when the Lady taught me to dance, She was the one to initiate it, 
    you know."

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "Very well!"

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope smiles brightly at you, before 
    turning and frowning very slightly as she watches the movements of Tisianna and 
    Audric with some misgivings.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to Portius, "Ah, I see. 
    In that case, allow me to follow Her divine precedent and invite you..." She 
    pauses for a moment and extends a hand with a sweeping gesture, before 
    continuing, "To dance the minuet with me"."

    With a smile, you say to Gabriella, "Care to be my partner, Ella?"

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina walks to an unoccupied area of 
    the dance floor, waiting for his partner.

    Gabriella looks at you and points at herself, asking innocently, "Who, me?"

    Abecedarian Audric smiles over toward Tisianna, stumbling slightly as he does so 
    and emitting a soft laugh before he finds the tempo once more. "Nonsense," he 
    whispers back, "Your dancing is only exceeded by your painting, Tisianna. It is 
    most lovely."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope smiles brightly at you once more. 
    "How kind of you to offer, and how unexpected! I would be delighted, my dear 
    Zyphora."

    You laughingly say to Gabriella, "Whom else could I be addressing?"

    Gabriella waves her hand dismissively.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope exclaims, "Now is not the time for 
    idle questions! Now is the time for dancing!"

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "Very well. Given that this is a somewhat more dignified dance than the 
    last, I suppose I can manage it without disgracing myself or my offices. But I 
    must insist, dear cousin, on some small amount of flair being added. Would you 
    be so good as to hold still for a moment?"

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli takes up position across from Yatrius, clanking 
    slightly as she falls into place, taking a moment to crack her neck loudly.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope says, "...I do believe, anyway."

    Gabriella shifts her eyes suspiciously from side to side.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris holds out her 
    hand to Gabriella with a smile, curtseying and saying, "Then may I have this 
    dance?"

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "Do you have a specific design or 
    pattern that you desire me to envision?"

    Vivet looks about herself, rubbing her chin thoughtfully.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says to Marcella, "Why don't you 
    decide? I do believe that you requested this to be a demonstration of your 
    definite dancing discipline."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope smiles warmly at you, delicately 
    extending one hand, allowing it to rest upon your extended palm with the 
    lightest touch as she sweeps into a curtsey with her free hand. "I would be 
    delighted."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance obediently stays as still as 
    possible, eyeing Portius with a look of curiosity and apprehension.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax rummages 
    in his robes for a moment, pulling out a small handful of tiny gems. He taps 
    each in turn witha slight pinging noise before he casts them into the air in 
    front of Irillia. They begin to revolve around Irillia's head, passing just 
    above her eyes in time with the dance.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper emits a soft laugh in response as she 
    gazes fondly over Audric, her voice gentle as she murmurs, "Don't fall." The 
    trill soon stumble just before the long stride, though she manages to catch 
    herself with the flaring of her pale wings. Blushing subtly, she confides to her 
    partner with another little laugh, "Grace is with me indeed."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "A harmonic technique for a harmonious dance."

    Flatly, Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "My desire to definitively 
    demonstrate my damnably destructive discipline at dancing has led me to decide 
    that decorum demands that you determine the design."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris takes 
    Gabriella's hand and takes a few graceful steps to stand beside her. Her wings 
    laxly spread behind her, she takes the first gliding step forward, following 
    with three light, airy steps.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says to Portius, "What a 
    lovely touch, indeed. Truly, you have an artist's instincts sometimes, my dear 
    Librarian."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope allows you to draw her into place, 
    free hand still holding her sari skirts. With an enormous effort of suitably 
    graceful repose, she languidly moves in concert with you, though admittedly her 
    steps are timed perhaps a half-second behind you, and somewhat more rigid as she 
    attempts the dance for the first time.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax says to 
    Irillia, "I have had a great deal of practice. Now then. To business."
     
    Portius bows respectfully to Irillia.

    Abecedarian Audric glances briefly about to ensure that most of the others are 
    preoccupied, a mischievous smile touching his features as he breaks the minuet 
    for a moment, taking Tisianna's hand in his. The viscanti lifts their conjoined 
    hands for a moment to twirl his partner in a circle, winking at her before he 
    continues the steps of the previous dance as though nothing had happened.

    Primus Vivet Pavok clasps her hands and bows her head, prompting the spinning 
    amethyst to slow its orbit until it comes to a near halt. As she takes her first 
    slow, dipping step, the floating crystal sways along on a parallel path. As her 
    feet draw back together, the next three creep together in swift, silent steps 
    while the crystal bops with a slight jitter.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance watches for a moment as the 
    tiny gems sparkle around her head in eye-catching whorls and spirals, before 
    returning Portius' bow with a gracious curtsey.

    Grinning, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina says to Marcella, "Well,
     why don't we begin dancing with the design of a simple diamond. Or would that 
    not properly demonstrate your 'damnably destructive discipline'?"

    Marcella smirks.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "That would do nicely."
      
    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina motions to Marcella to begin.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax smiles as 
    he rises out of his bow. "Now then," he declares, "with the formalities 
    concluded we may proceed to the dance itself, with all the rhythmatic aides that 
    seem proper." As he slides into the first steps of the minuet, he begins to 
    recite a sequence of numbers in time with the dance, which the abnormally well 
    educated might recognize as a sequence of prime numbers.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper blinks widely for a moment before she 
    stifles a giggle, her eyes bright as she follow Audric's lead, soon hopping 
    rather joyfully at the end. "Watch your feet," she whispers playfully as she 
    does a variation upon the syncopation, her movements graceful as she steps, 
    longly, off.

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris glances 
    obliquely towards Gabriella, saying gently, "Let us attempt a figure eight. We 
    part from here..." She releases Gabriella's hand gently, keeping her hand 
    upraised delicately. "And turn to make either line of the figure eight, crossing 
    in the middle, and uniting again in the back." She pivots gracefully into the 
    turn, keeping in three-fourth time with the music.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli immediately takes a long step diagonally, boots 
    clicking against the floor as her armour jangles slightly at the sudden movement.
     Watching Yatrius closely for collaboration, she takes the next three steps with 
    military precision in time with his movement's, relying on him to be a mirror 
    she could use for instruction.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax whispers 
    to Irillia, "I am starting to think that you artists are all the same. No 
    respect for the sublime elegance of natural philosophy."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope withdraws her hand with some slight 
    trepidation, keeping it extended upward in a gesture evocative of your 
    positioning. Listening carefully to the explanation, before frowning slightly 
    and turning with the appropriate steps, skirts sweeping with the turn.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina moves directly opposite of 
    Marcella , keeping the rythm of one long, three quick as he attempts to describe 
    a diamond upon the dance floor.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance whispers to Portius, "It is 
    all a matter of context, I would say. What is elegant in a laboratory or library 
    is not necessarily elegant in a ballroom or drawing room."

    Brow initially furrowed in concentration, Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says, 
    "Hmmm, this isn't too difficult. It reminds me of my drills as a grunt. Footwork.
     Fundamentals."

    Abecedarian Audric gives a slight hop of his own, soft laughter emanating from 
    the viscanti as he watches Tisianna. He looks down to his feet soon after, 
    taking a few swift steps without stumbling for a change.

    Primus Vivet Pavok sways gently away as the spinning amethyst departs similarly, 
    following the lines of an icosceles triangle in concert with the Primus. As they 
    draw back to gather, Vivet gingerly extends one finger to touch the crystal, 
    creating a gentle pulse of purple light that ripples over the area before they 
    bop apart one more.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax whispers 
    to Irillia, "If you would like to dance a minuet within my library, you are more 
    than welcome to do so. I doubt it would change the elegance of the dance, just 
    as I would not expect the elegance of numbers to change based on where they are 
    uttered. Location rarely changes the fundamental nature of a thing."

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli completes the diamond, keeping the rhythm rather 
    well, as she remembers that the next step was to approach through the diameter 
    of the traced pattern. Clacking, one foot in front of the other, she stiffly 
    walks down towards Yatrius as if she was conquering a bested foe, complete with 
    a slight hint of triumph in her eyes.

    Smiling as he moves with ease, Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina 
    says to Marcella, "Well, I find it similar to some of my experience upon the 
    stage, staying conscious of your body and your surroundings as you attempt to 
    placate your audience."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris takes the 
    minuet steps with effervescent lightness, her skirts whispering lushly with 
    movement. Wings fluttering with the caress of air as she moves, she forms a 
    semicircle with her steps, her path crossing Gabriella's.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance whispers to Portius, "The 
    elegance of the sequence is not what I am disputing, but your elegance in 
    murmuring it while dancing."

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax offers 
    Irillia a slight sigh. "As you like it. Far be it from me to argue with a Lady. 
    As I have often been told, that seems to be a losing proposition."

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper smiles playfully as she dances the mazurka 
    for some time with Audric, her hand soon slipping from his shoulder as she 
    laughs. "I am breathless," she manages through a grin. Giving another airy laugh,
     she looks up to the viscanti, murmuring, "Thank you for dancing with me. It has 
    been a delight."

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance chuckles softly as she 
    replies to Portius, "Indeed, a wise tactician should never attempt to attack a 
    fortified stronghold like a lady's reasoning. Now, come, demonstrate your grasp 
    of geometric and mathematical complexities by guiding me about in a minuet."

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina strides upon the crystal tiles, 
    moving his feet and hands in time as he keeps an eye upon Marcella , making sure 
    that they stay together and correctly describe their desired design.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says to Yatrius, "Thank you for being a competent 
    partner."

    Marcella gives Yatrius a respectful salute.

    Deathguard Marcella n'Lochli says, "I would continue, but I believe that small 
    one is sufficient for now. I am needed elsewhere."

    Marcella inclines her head politely to those around her.

    Yatrius bows respectfully to Marcella.

    Abecedarian Audric finds Tisianna's hand with his own, applying a faint pressure 
    as he smiled back. "It has been," he affirms, "Thank you."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope misses a short step, nearly bumping 
    into you as she catches herself. In dismay, she quickly grabs you by the hands, 
    whirling you about once briefly in a circle before releasing your hands to 
    complete the final circuit of the figure eight, as if it were all part of the 
    dance. Calling over her shoulder, she quips cheerfully to you, "I do believe you 
    said creativity was key and encouraged, yes?"

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax nods 
    slightly and pulls himself up to his full height, standing with a certain degree 
    of stiffness above the waist. He takes a deep breath, taking one step after 
    another, walking in the pattern of a hexagon, trying and failing to twirl about 
    in a dignified manner at each vertex.

    Execumatrix Magnificus Portius Windwhisper, Lord-Librarian of Hallifax mutters, 
    "Th.... G....try."

    Abecedarian Audric seems to contemplate a moment, then extends a hand back 
    toward Tisianna, beckoning to her.

    Primus Vivet Pavok comes to an abrupt halt as her crystal expires, withdrawing 
    so as to allow more room for the other dancers.

    Shifting Current Tisianna Windwhisper tilts her head curiously, a pleasant smile 
    touching her lips as she slips her hand into his own.

    Tisianna leaves, following Abecedarian Audric.
    Audric leaves to the down.

    With a startled laugh as she quickly returns to the controlled steps of the 
    dance, you say, "Ah, yes, creativity is encouraged, but within the boundaries of 
    control!" She smiles at Gabriella, unable to conceal the amusement in her eyes. 
    "Whirling belongs with the waltz!" As they complete the figure eight, she takes 
    Gabriella's hand again and moves forward with her in parallel lines.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance disengages from Portius and 
    performs an airy minuet step backwards, her skirts swirling and her eyes 
    carefully fixed on Portius as she mirrors his hexagon-patterned course around 
    the balcony, omitting the twirling.

    Grand Libretto Yatrius Pavok, Crystal Cavatina stands to the side, comfortably 
    watching now that he has no partner to entertain.

    Gabriella's eyes twinkle enchantingly at you.

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope winks playfully at you as she turns 
    and follows your lead, catching onto the steps, though she performs them with 
    inept skill. "Ah, but it was a controlled circle, High Scion! Clearly, circles 
    must have a place in a figure eight. Now it is more of a.. a bow tie, the spin 
    being its knot. As for the waltz... I suppose I will excel at that one, if that 
    is the case."
     
    Gabriella taps her nose knowingly at you.

    Irillia's mouth turns up as her face breaks into a smile.

    Minister Irillia Shevat, the Aesthete's Renaissance says, "I believe you have 
    all grasped the basics of the minuet very well, indeed. Truly, it is a dance 
    that wonderfully befits the citizens of Hallifax."

    You have emoted: High Scion Zyphora Windwhisper, the Gilded Iris laughs, "A fair 
    justification, dear friend." She smiles, taking Gabriella by the hand and 
    twirling her before drawing her back in. "I suppose since you missed the waltz, 
    this is all right." She curtseys gracefully. "Thank you for the dance, Ella."

    Hierophant Gabriella Myeras, Blossoming Hope laughs, and then returns the 
    gesture, dipping into a curtsey as customary before you. "You are quite welcome, 
    my friend."
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    Motes of light around the caldera pulse brightly as a soft voice echoes,
    "But She was lovely, and all She touched became lovely, too.
    And She touched the Architect's heart, a place that no other had claimed with their artistry."

    ::
    "Or if you pick up something a little too heavy for you, does it hurt?
    It is only a little pressure on the understood boundaries of yourself."

    - Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
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