THE BYLAWS of the AGED Charter

1. Guild Proctor's Duties, Election, and Term of Office
1.1 The Guild Proctor's duties are as follows:
1.1.1 To maintain a current roster of dance teachers in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.
1.1.2 To assist groups in locating teachers for dance classes at events, local meetings, revels, etc.
1.1.3 To assure assistance to groups who wish to start local dance guilds.
1.1.4 To keep informed on the progress, projects, and activities of local guilds.
1.1.5 To report to the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences on the progress, projects, and activities of the Guild.
1.1.6 To coordinate the development and production of a Kingdom dance manual, a recording of dance music, and a discography of dance recordings.
1.1.7 To inform Guild Members of the Guild's activities and projects.
1.2 The Guild Proctor may appoint deputies to fulfill those duties as required.
1.3 How the Guild Proctor is elected.
1.3.1 The Guild Proctor is chosen by a simple majority of the votes cast by Guild Members.
1.3.2 The vote is counted at a designated official Kingdom Calendar event, announced to all Guild Members at least two months in advance, in the Black Star or by newsletter, and by electronic communication.
1.3.3 Absentia votes are recognized. An absentia vote is a letter sent by an absent Guild Member specifying how their vote should be cast on a particular issue or election.
1.4 Guild Proctor's term of office.
1.4.1 The Guild Proctor's term of office shall be one year.
1.4.2 No Proctor may be elected to more than two consecutive terms.

2. Recognition of Teaching Excellence:
The Guild will recognize three levels of excellence in dance instruction. These are Inceptor, Journeyman, and Magister of Dance.
2.1 Inceptor--An Inceptor is a Guild teacher who meets the following standards:
2.1.1 Has a knowledge of basic dance etiquette.
2.1.2 Practices courtly and chivalrous behavior.
2.1.3 Has taught and lead at least five dances to a group of people. The Inceptor is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology of its steps, and its background information (type of dance and approximate date and country of origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching.
2.1.4 A Guild member attains the level of Inceptor upon completion of the following:
2.1.4.1 A letter with a list of dances taught and where each was taught is sent to the Guild Proctor.
2.1.4.2 Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by an Inceptor or higher level teacher, and one other member of the Guild who was taught by the candidate.
2.1.4.3 The Inceptor's name is then added to the roster of dance teachers in Ansteorra.
2.2 Journeyman--A Journeyman is an Inceptor who also meets the following standards:
2.2.1 Has taught and lead at least ten dances, from at least three different countries or time periods, to a group of people. The Journeyman is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology of its steps, and its background information (type of dance; original author, publisher, or source manuscript; and approximate date and country of origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching.
2.2.2 Has been in charge of dancing at three or more events. This includes running a ball or local dance practice, or teaching a dance class. In the case of teaching a class, the teacher must provide a handout with each dance's background and a tabulation of its choreography.
2.2.3 Has competently danced at least once for a pre-designated dance performance or competition.
2.2.4 An Inceptor attains the level of Journeyman upon completion of the following:
2.2.4.1 A letter is sent to the Guild Proctor with these items: 1) a list of dances taught and where each was taught, 2) a list of balls or practices run, and 3) which dance was performed at which event.
2.2.4.2 Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by a Journeyman or higher level teacher, and one other member of the Guild who was taught by the candidate.
2.2.4.3 The Journeyman's name is then added to the roster of Journeymen dance teachers in Ansteorra.
2.3 Magister of Dance--A Magister of Dance is a Journeyman who also meets the following standards:
2.3.1 Has taught and lead at least twenty dances, from at least five different countries or time periods, to a group of people. The Magister is required to know the name of each dance, the terminology of its steps, and its background information (type of dance; original author, publisher, or source manuscript; and approximate date and country of origin) and implement this knowledge while teaching.
2.3.2 Has been in charge of dancing at six or more events. This includes running a ball or local dance practice, or teaching a dance class. In the case of teaching a class, the teacher must provide a handout with each dance's background and a tabulation of its choreography.
2.3.3 Has competently danced at least twice for a pre-designated dance performance or competition.
2.3.4 Has reconstructed at least two dances from original sources or translations. An original choreography may be substituted for one reconstruction.
2.3.5 A person attains the level of Magister of Dance upon completion of the following:
2.3.5.1 A letter is sent to the Guild Proctor with these items: 1) a list of dances taught and where each was taught, 2) a list of balls or practices run, 3) which dances were performed at which events, and 4) which dances were reconstructed or choreographed.
2.3.5.2 Each requirement met must be verified and signed in the letter by a Magister of Dance and one other member of the Guild who was taught by the candidate.
2.3.5.3 The Magister's name is then added to the roster of Magister dance teachers in Ansteorra.
2.3.6 A Magister of Dance is expected to help local dance guilds near them get started and keep going. A Magister of Dance is also expected to help cause dance to happen at events, and to help hold dance events.

3. Regalia:
3.1 The badge of AGED is
Or, a dance sable.
(In English: A gold/yellow background with a black horizontal zig-zag in the middle; think Charlie Brown's shirt. It uses the kingdom's colors and has a pun/cant on a heraldic "dance".)
3.2 Any member of AGED may wear the badge to signify their membership in the Guild.