perfect dances

Steve Wyrick

Message 15206 · 17 Dec 1998 07:50:47 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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This whole thread surprises me, because, like George and Dianna, I naively
assumed this was a non-issue! If there's really so much disagreement on this
issue throughout the larger SCD community, I'm surprised the RSCDS doesn't
choreograph dance endings (ie in the form of a short description of how to
end the dance the 2nd time through). What gives? Why ISN'T uniformity in
dance endings enforced by the RSCDS (or is it, and we're just hearing in
this thread from the renegades)? I agree, I like Oberdan's "5-step summary"
& have printed it out to stick in the back of my Collins Pocket Reference!
-Steve

Priscilla wrote (assuming I haven't lost track of this thread):
>On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Eric Clyde wrote:
>
>> Priscilla:
>>
>> While it may be true nowadays that the methods described are not used
>> by some teachers, that is most certainly the way that Jean Milligan
>> taught the finish, and her word certainly used to be regarded
>> as gospel!
>
>
>You surprise me. I distinctly remember her telling us to use right hands
>when we led down crossing from third place in some dances.
>
>I was rather surprised to hear teachers adamant on the 'no finishing in
>fourth place' approach in the '70s.
>
>Personally I feel that Oberdan's five step summary of when and how to
>finish the second round is just right.
>
>
>> Priscilla M. Burrage wrote:
>> >
>> > On Tue, 15 Dec 1998, George Gates wrote:
>> >
>> > > Dianna,
>> > >
>> > > I have been only dancing for two years, but I have always been taught to
>> > > finish in third aknowledge you partner perhaps with a nod and then step
>> > > down and then thank them across the set. Of course there is always a
>> > > dance where you might finish in fourth as the other couple steps up.
>> > >
>> > > George
>> > >
>> > > Dianna Shipman wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > > This series of messages is interesting and surprising - here I was always
>> > > > taught that in all the three couple dances (in a four couple set) - that
>> > > > after the second repetition you finished in third place and them
>stepped out
>> > > > and down while the fourth couple stepped up as the 1st cpl started
>the dance
>> > > > (unless the printed directions specified another way to get to the
>> > > > bottom) -- this was taught as an RSCDS convention -- any feedback on what's
>> > > > most common in different parts of the world in general?
>> >
>> > You are both defining which RSCDS teachers you were taught by.
>> >
>> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> > Priscilla Burrage Vermont US
>> > (xxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xxx)
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Steve Wyrick <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>

"If fiddling be music, we've had enough of it!" - Roderick Morrison, one of
the last great Scottish Harper-Poets, 1700s

"A Scotsman comes into an assembly-room as he would into a field of
excercise, dances until he is literally tired, possibly without ever looking
at his partner, or almost knowing who he dances with...They give you the
idea that they could with equal glee cast off round a joint stool or set to
a corner cupboard." -Major Edward Topham, 1775

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