At 10:43 AM 12/23/1998 -0500, you wrote: >> Skip change is similar. Step-close-step-hop becomes >> step-close-step-and, which becomes one-two-three-and when up to speed. > >Shouldn't skip change be "hop step close step" instead of "step close step >hop"? The step always begins with a hop. By the way, I have no trouble >saying "hop step close step" at dancing speed.
We "borrow" the last beat of the previous bar for the hop. The four beats
of the step correspond to the last beat of one bar and the first three of
the next (reel time). So you start dancing before the downbeat of your
first bar, and--if you finish your step and then bring your heels to the
floor--you stop dancing on the first beat of the next phrase. Start before
you begin, and finish after you stop...I would never confuse a basic dancer
with this! I guess the musical equivalent is the pickup notes at the
beginning of the first tune.