Jupiter was a ballo written by Domenico to showcase the skills of three dancers in a line, two men and a lady. Jupiter is the roman name for Zeus. This ballo uses all four tempi of dance in a very sophisticated and delightful manner.

Source: Paris Bibliotheque Nationale, Ital 972

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Basic Dance Instructions

This is the original Domenico version of the dance. Be aware of the changes of tempo between and even inside sections. Dancers are arranged with two men in a line with a lady in the middle, three steps apart

Original by Domenico


—–One behind another enter with 3 quadernaria doubles & a bassadanza voltatonda (2 singles & a ripresa, all right)
—–Repeat this entrance

 Bassadanza Hey:

—–1st man double right touching right hands with lady as they exchange places, then double left touching left hands with the bottom man as they change places; then the lady at the top does double right touching right hands to change places with the bottom man, now in the middle
—–All do 2 bassadanza singles and a double forward
—–Repeat with the bottom man, now at the head of the set starting the hey so that all are returned to their original places

Piva Hey:

—–1st man starts a hey for three by passing right shoulders with the lady in
the middle. There are two piva steps per exchange and a total of 9 diva measures.


—-All do four measures of saltarello, the lady always forward, while the 1st
man does 2 steps forward and two to exchange places with the other man
clockwise, the 3rd man doing the same and moving to the head of the group;
—–Lady alone does a voltatonda in bassadanza (ss rp all right)
—–All this is repeated so the men are returned to their original places.


1st man & lady Reverence; 1st lady and 3rd man Reverence; All face forward




Domenico does not specify that the dance is repeated but in SCA social context it seems like a good choice. You might even change the orientation of the group so that the third man leads on the repeat