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Priscilla M. Burrage

Message 17588 · 9 Jun 1999 17:07:13 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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On Wed, 9 Jun 1999, Anselm Lingnau wrote:

> Bryan McAlister <Xxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxxxx.xx.xx> writes:
>
> > Gypsy? Is this an advance to meet side by side?
>
> There are a few modern Scottish country dances which feature `gypsy
> turns', which are turns without giving hands. I don't know enough about
> English country dancing to be able to tell whether this is meant here.

To gypsy or 'gyp' is to face your partner more or less nose to nose,
shoulders parallel (not easy) and then bothof you dance clockwise around
each other for a complete circular movement. The beginning and the
finishing are, as are all ECD figures, modified heavily by the figure
preceding and following.

A gypsy is similar to turning with both hands in that the pivot point is
between the dancers, the body angles relative to each other are the same,
and the turning is most ocmmonly clockwise; however, in many 20th century
dances, the turn goes counterclockwise, just as the reel of four (hey for
four) in some modern dances is done with left shoulders on the outside and
right shoulders to pass.

It is important to gaze into each other's eyes while executing a gypsy,
but the lustful looks are optional. By the way, as with all toher
figures in Scottish and English dancing, it is also very important to
be aware of all the other dancers in the set (and on the floor) while
executing the gypsy.

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Priscilla Burrage Vermont US
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