(Set to) and turn corners (3)

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Jim said:
>Simply put, how many of you programme compilers out there would
>_not_ put Duke of Perth or Mrs Macleod on a beginners/intermediate
>programme because it contains set to and turn corners? I would
>submit - damn few - and that is what concerns me.

Hmm. A difficult hypothetical position to place myself in, since
social programs here are all mixed basic, intermediate, and advanced
(weighted towards the latter two).

Because most of our socials/balls use STTC at least once, and the
overwhelming default here is to use PDB, I teach it to beginners. I
don't expect everyone to do it well in their first 6 months. Some will
get it, some will take a year, others >1 years.

This makes it no different from other "difficult" figures. Tournee
(ack, T!) occurs about every other ball, and yet we expect
intermediate dancers to take a stab at it, and many "advanced" dancers
will screw it up too. I don't think that means we should look for an
easier way to do tournee.

As a first couple man, I would prefer to encounter a weak armed,
inexperienced corner during STTC than during corner partner. After
all, in STTC I have four bars after I set to 1stC before I am supposed
to *turn* another person, whereas corner-partner gives me no such
flexibility; turning the second corner in STTC usually leads into a
reel with a similar non-critical start time.

So if we are going to start looking for figures to make easier for
beginners, let's do it to Corner-Partner first! :)

Terry

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