Center shoulder pass considered dangerous

Keith Grant

Message 10587 · 4 Feb 1998 19:03:45 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Recently, passionate and partisan advocates of either right or left shoulder
passes between clover-leaf half-reels have been advancing the points of view
of their respective camps. This has led some less confrontational dancers
into attempting the compromise of a center shoulder pass. The center
shoulder pass is considered dangerous.

Even couples having great familiarity with each other and totally
comfortable with substantial body contact, find the center shoulder pass to
be daunting amid the impetus of a dance in full progress. While most couples
who try this figure eventually come to their senses, there is often a
substantial delay. This is unquestionably detrimental to the tempo and
overall flow and feeling of the dance. It also leaves the other couples
uncertain as to how to continue their own progress. Both "stepping over" and
"looping around" have been tried, but with limited success in continuing the
dance onward.

Because of the acknowledged dangers of the center shoulder pass, the dreaded
symbol for this figure is not to be found in the latest edition of "the wee
green book". This omission remain true irrespective of whether the book is
viewed upright, upside-down, or scanned surreptitiously from back to front.

Despite the semi-political implications of choosing either a right or left
shoulder pass, such choice appears necessary considering the dangers of the
center shoulder pass. We all will benefit from making our longing eye
contacts from a somewhat greater distance than nose-to-nose.

...Keith ;-?

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