> Ian wrote; > > > > To dance (and play) a Strathspey properly, requires MORE energy, not less, > > due to the muscular control and split-millisecond timing required to do it > > right. It is a festival of latent controlled power > > This brings up one of the things which seem to have changed in the > last 15 years, (which shows my age I suppose), which is how the > close in strathspey differs from that in skip change - I seem > to remember that in skip change you just kept as high on your toes > as you could, whereas in strathspey you tried to keep the heel lower, > which means that instead of contracting your calf as much as you > can, you have to "half contract" it and still keep your balance - > (which as Ian says requires both strength and control). The current > practice leads what to my eyes looks like a very strange step with > a high close, followed by a total collapse - two dips instead of one! > > The reason I am writing is to find out whether anyone else has a > similar memory.
Oh,yes! I thought you weren't in the room that night ! The Heel.
It must have been rising all these years. I can still hear a V.I.L.
saying that one should just be able to roll a pencil under the heel
when balancing in the upright position. What's more, in Frances
Stamp's teachers class (R.I.P) we tried it. It's surprising how low
that is! I have always endeavoured to do just that.
At a recent W/E school I was told I was too low! 'Nuff said.