Anselm wrote: > > I should like to point out that I was talking about `proper' in the > sense of `suitable', not `proper' in the sense of `mandatory'. The > original posting was in reply to a message suggesting (possibly > tongue-in-cheekly) that we should be dancing in trews instead.
As the author of the post about 18th century attire with knee
breeches instead of the kilt, I can assure all of you that it was
definitely "tongue-in-cheek." I own two kilts, have a third on
order, and love to dance in them at all levels of formality.
> We are dancers, not historians.
Well, maybe, or sometimes maybe not. Depends on circumstances.
Remember, my original more-or-less facetious comment was about demo
team costumes, not normal wear for SCD socials, balls, and the like.
I think there's room for some historians in SCD, especially when
dancing 18th century dances to 18th century tunes (like some of
those published in this year's leaflet) as a demo. "Living history"
is a fairly popular thing here in the States, with events addressing
everything from medieval times to the American Civil War and beyond.
As I said, given an unlimited budget (and a sufficiently cool
climate or properly air conditioned hall (can't take this "living
history" stuff _too_ seriously <g>)), 18th century attire would be a
cool (in the other meaning of the word) demo team outfit, if the
demo team wanted to present SCD in an historical context.
Hope this clears things up. Time to put on a kilt and go dance!