Great!! Another like-minded person! Already in our group (when we are
dancing for ourselves and not as part of a larger Branch function) we start
with sets lined up where we start to dance. That's what we do for various
other "unusual" or at least "semi-usual" dances. The fun of The Blooms of
Bon Accord or The Glasgow Highlanders is not enhanced by a cross-set
scurry. We start square-set dances in a square set; triangular set dances
(such as The Wind on Loch Fyne) in a triangular set; and other similar
non-standard-set dances - e.g. Iona Cross - in the positions where we want
to start dancing. Why we have this preoccupation with starting on one side
and crossing to another is completely beyond me.
For encores the situation is still more ridiculous. Finish the exhilaration
of The Blooms on the side where the dance ends; then cross over so you can
cross back on the second chord; absurd! Sometimes the encore is danced with
one chord to avoid the scurry -- and if the encore, why not the original!
End of rant!
Anyway -- is there anyone who has a good reason for doing it the way we do it?
>My latest SCD programme has no less than three dances requiring two chords at >the start. >Isn't it time that our dancers simply formed their sets `improper' as is >always >done for English and American dances ? It would improve things all round. > >Otherwise, we need a list of all the dances knoen to require two chords so >that >musicians don't get caught out. There ought to be a field in databases to >deal >with this one. > >Norman > >Norman Bett >Cambridge UK > >Tel: 01223-248988 > > >-- >Norman BETT <email@example.com>