In a message dated 1/26/99 6:39:16 AM Pacific Standard Time, Susi Mayr writes,
in response to Bert Post:
> Bert: Is the wider right-shoulder pass more fun? You bet it is. > > Susi: It is more fun _in your opinion_. I happen to disagree. >
Count me in on Susi's side of this endless discussion. I find the delight in
approaching my partner and dancing past each other by the left shoulder, in a
close and well-timed manner, to be more fun than the right shoulder pass.
While I could just leave it with "vive la difference," I admit to resenting
the times when others who don't dance Mairi's Wedding as written keep on
nudging, pushing, insisting that I dance it their way in a set. It happened
to me again last fall at an event away from home. Not only was it their
practice to pass right shoulders, the dancers all twirled in the middle. In
our set, besides me as a visitor, there was one older man who was unclear
about the dance and the variations. His partner had the graciousness and
courtesy not to use the twirls, nor the right shoulder pass, but the corners
with whom I danced the reels were less gracious about my reluctance to twirl.
I find it disorienting, though I'd be perfectly capable of dancing it, but the
stubborn streak in me resents being coerced.
I've always found that the left shoulder pass makes it clear where to go for
the next reel, whereas the long right shoulder pass leaves ample room for
confusion -- especially among newer dancers.
Poor James Cosh - all this makes me never want to put Mairi's Wedding on a