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=
to get into the next round immediately-I really think that the practice o=
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=
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=
It is anoying to start a two couple dance with just the top two couples i=
a four couple set.
As to Ken McFarland's comment. Sure-ever since Mr. Isaac introduced Count=
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=
the bookstore at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.