Vercepe, by Domenico. Three men and two women. Difficulty = Level 4 - by J&J
Steps: Doppio (in 6), Saltarello (in 6), Contrapasso (in 4 and in 6), Ripresa (in 6), Movimento, Mezavolta,
Voltatonda, Volta del Gioioso.
Start: Lined up one behind the other, facing up the hall, four steps apart, Man 1 first, then Woman 1, then
Man 2, then Woman 2, then Man 3.
Section I (4 bars in 6/8, played thrice)
1 Introduction (no step).
1-4 (2nd time) } 11 Saltarelli, starting Right.
1-4 (3rd time) /
Section II (3.5+3 bars in 6/4, played twice)
5-6 Man 2 and Man 3 Doppio Left, Doppio Right, each circling counterclockwise halfway around
the woman in front of him (Man 2 around Woman 1, Man 3 around Woman 2).
7-8 (8 is half-bar)Man 2 and Man 3 Contrapasso Left, Contrapasso Left, continuing to circle. On the last beat
of Bar 8, switch weight to the left foot.
(Man 2 and Man 3 are a little behind and to the left of the women that they circled, facing
toward the women.)
Bars 5-8 (1st time)
9 Man 2 and Man 3 Ripresa Right into their original places, moving on a curve.
Bar 9 (1st time)
10-11 Women Volta del Gioioso.
5-9 (2nd time) Women circle the men in front of them (Woman 1 around Man 1 and Woman 2 around
Man 2), with the same steps as the men circled them.
10-11 (2nd time) Men Volta del Gioioso.
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Section III (2 bars in 4/4, played twice, and a half-bar in 4/4)
12-13 Contrapasso Left, three times, and a Mezavolta (Step Left, Step Right, counterclockwise). Each
of the Contrapassi and the Mezavolta takes a half bar.
(Everyone is facing down the hall, Man 3 in the lead.)
12-13 (2nd time) Repeat.
(Everyone is facing up the hall, Man 1 in the lead.)
14 (the half-bar) Man 1 Mezavolta (Step Left, Step Right, counterclockwise).
Section IV (5 bars in 6/8)
15 Man 1 and Man 3 Hop on Right foot (on last two beats).
16-19 Man 1 and Man 3 exchange places with 4 Saltarelli, starting Left, weaving among the other
three. Man 1 goes to the right of Woman 1, left of Man 2, right of Woman 2, then to the end, as
Man 3 goes to the left of Woman 2, then to the right of Man 2, then the right of Woman 1, then
to the front. Man 1 ends with a Mezavolta Right.
(The five dancers are all facing up the hall, but Man 1 and Man 3 have switched places.)
Section V (3 bars in 6/4 and 4 bars in 6/8, played twice)
20-22 Woman 1 Doppio Right, Doppio Left, Doppio Right, moving clockwise halfway around
Man 2 into Woman 2's place,
as Woman 2 Doppio Left, Doppio Right, Doppio Left, moving clockwise into Woman 1's place.
(The dancers are facing up the hall, Man 3 in the lead, then Woman 2, then Man 2, then
Woman 1 and last Man 1.)
23 Man 1 and Man 3 Hop on Left foot (on last two beats).
24-26 Man 1 and Man 3 do 3 Saltarelli starting Right, circling clockwise around closest Woman
(Man 1 around Woman 1 and Man 3 around Woman 2).
(Everyone ends facing up the hall, Man 3 still in the lead.)
20-22 (2nd time) Woman 1 Doppio Left, Doppio Right, Doppio Left, moving clockwise into her original
as Woman 1 Doppio Right, Doppio Left, Doppio Right, moving clockwise to her place.
(Now the order is Man 3, Woman 1, Man 2, Woman 2, Man 1.)
23 (2nd time) Man 2 Hop on Right foot (on last two beats).
24-26 (2nd time) Man 2 does 3 Saltarelli, starting Left, circling Woman 1 counterclockwise.
Section VI (2 bars in 4/4, repeated)
27 Men Movimento, then Women Movimento.
28 Men Voltatonda (4 Steps, starting Left, counterclockwise.)
27 (2nd time) Women Movimento, then Men Movimento.
28 (2nd time) Women Voltatonda (4 Steps, starting Left, counterclockwise.)
If the dance is repeated, Man 1 is now at the rear and becomes Man 3 and Man 3 becomes Man 1. The other three
dancers fill the same roles as before.
For all these recordings, Section IV is four bars not five, so Bar 15 should be left out of the dance. Section V is
similarly shorter by one bar, so Bar 23 should also be dropped.
Dances Courts 2 - One-bar extra drum introduction. Section II is 7 bars, not 6.5, so add a half-bar pause at the
end. Section III has two long beats for that last half-bar. Sections IV and V are different as stated above. Dance
Danzare - Two-bar extra drum introduction. The only difference is in Sections IV and V as mentioned above.
Forse - Section III is quite slow. Sections IV and V are different as mentioned above. Repeats.
Mesura - Four bars of extra introduction. Section III is quite slow. Sections IV and V are different as mentioned
To Celebrate - Section II has a half-bar pause at the end of each repeat. Sections IV and V are different as
mentioned above. Repeats.
Section I: The music only has two repeats, but we changed this to three, to match the choreography.
PnD has a movimento at the beginning, which we left out presuming it is part of the description of a passage of
saltarello, not a distinct movimento. No starting foot is given in the sources.
Bar 8: This weight switch isn't indicated in the sources. The second contrapasso could end with the weight on the
left foot instead of the right, but this would leave the last two beats of Bar 8 without a movement. We decided to
add a weight change on the last beat instead.
Bar 9: No mezavolta is mentioned before or during the ripresa, so we presumed that the ripresa is part of the
circular path that the men take. This results in the curved path of the ripresa.
Bar 13: The mezavolta is not described, although it is on or from the left. We decided on one performed with two
steps in order to be on the correct foot afterwards
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Bar 15: The timing of the hop ("salto" in PnD) is not given. We placed it at the end of the bar, as if it were part of
a saltarello, as that flows most easily into the following saltarelli.
Bars 23-26: The repeat of Bar 23 specifies a salteto, but the first playing does not. The music is the same, and the
steps otherwise correspond, so a matching hop can be presumed.
Bar 28: PnD describes this voltatonda as three sempii, but we modified it to four steps as this is easier to
perform. (See Volta in Piva, in the Voltatonda Section of the Steps Chapter.) The sources do not give a direction
for the turn.
As noted above, we added a third repeat for Section I.
Section II ends with a rest, for a total of 7 bars, in PnD. According to A. William Smith, this rest is missing from
Rvat. We have omitted it.
The saltarello portion of Section III was 5.5 bars long, which was too long for the choreography specified. We
shortened this to 5 bars by squeezing the last 1.5 bars into one bar.