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Swords in the Smokies

March 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm UTC+0


Swords in the Smokies

Swords in the Smokies is a weeklong workshop geared towards professional development in the stage combat community. Each year, SitS will select a proposal from a practitioner of stage combat for a weeklong deep dive into a topic they have researched and wish to share with the broader community. They will assemble a team of teachers capable of assisting them and present that topic to 16 students who are already teachers, choreographers, or advanced practitioners of the art. Acceptance will be by application only. Perquisites and admission will be determined by the instructors each year.

The inaugural 2018 workshop will take place the week of March 10-16. Over the course of 6 days there will be a minimum of 36 hours of instruction.

Nestled in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains is Mountainside theatre, home of “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama. For one week in March the theatre will be opening its doors and housing to 16 skilled practitioners of stage combat for an in-depth study of a specific weapon or style.

This event is unique, in that housing is included with your tuition. Housing will consist 4 bedroom/2bathroom Units with a full kitchen and common room. Open move in/out dates include the Saturday March 9/Sun March 17.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the great smoky mountains on their down time with classes being scheduled to accommodate for hiking opportunities.

Along with standard classes participants will have the opportunity to sit in on a master class on Native Weapons.

Because space is limited to 16 spots, all applicants will need to submit a letter of intent, combat resume, and in some cases a reference

Swords in the Smokies: Moving the Art Forward.

Swords in the Smokies 2018: Broadsword to Longsword.

Swords in the Smokies 2018 will focus on moving the art of the broadsword into that of the longsword. The interest in historical fencing within the community has surged and the purpose of this year’s workshop will be to provide those who learned the older style of “broadsword” play the opportunity to learn a more historical style of “longsword” play. By the end of the week, students should feel competent integrating the historical style into their existing stage combat work. More than just a few moves in isolation, the goal is to provide a simple comprehensive version of the system so that teachers and choreographers can understand the overall tactical logic of the system. There will be opportunities to test or renew with the weapon.

Instructors: FD Dan Granke and others TBD

Application instructions:

Prerequisite: Having passed a test in Broadsword Stage combat with one of the recognized organizations (SAFD, SAFDi, FDC, BADC, BASSC, NSFS, Dueling Arts, or equivalent), OR Teacher/Fight Director status within one of those organization, OR documented equivalent experience.

Application Materials:
1. Letter of Intent
2. Resume documenting broadsword stage combat training and artistic work
3. Contact information for a reference who can speak to your facility with the weapon. (Initial broadsword teacher preferred. This is waived for those holding Teacher or FD status with a recognized organization)

Application Deadlines
Early Bird: Nov 15th
Regular Decision: Dec 15th
If there are spots left after the 15th decisions will be made as applications come in.

Fees include Housing. If there is a desire to renew or test in the weapon that will incur an additional fee.
Standard: $550
Early Bird: $475
Member of relevant union or Organization: $500
Teacher/Fight Director with Relevant organization: $375


Cherokee Historical Association
828-497-2111 ext 202


Mountainside Theatre
688 Drama Rd
Cherokee, NC 28719 United States
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