Scottish Reform (was Hamilton House aka poor interpretation)

Benjamin Stein

Message 14984 · 7 Dec 1998 22:56:16 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Oh golly-here I go disagreeing with the RSCDS again! Much as it is not
condoned, when a dance finishes with a pousette, and the fourth couple ha=
s
to get into the next round immediately-I really think that the practice o=
f
finishing the pousette with the couple at the bottom taking nearer hands
and dancing to the bottom of the set, letting the bottom couple step up o=
n
the last two bars, rather than falling back to new places-is a neat and
elegant solution to a sticky problem. Damn it-it works, why not use it!
Thank you Marjorie.

I also agree with Priscilla (and she well knows that isn't always the
case). I like the 20th century dances done current style but why not have=

some of the old dances in longways sets,particularly the two couple dance=
s.
It is anoying to start a two couple dance with just the top two couples i=
n
a four couple set.

As to Ken McFarland's comment. Sure-ever since Mr. Isaac introduced Count=
ry
Dancing to the French Court in the 17th century, and they thought he was
saying Contre' rather than Country, the terms were often interchangeable.=

And thank you Ken-John Millar's book is a great resource-if not still
available from the Country Dance Society, I think it can be ordered throu=
gh
the bookstore at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.

Ben Stein
Burlington, Vt =

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