>Actually these are the same thing. The only difference between >Maxwell's Rant and Gates of E. is that in the case of GofE, the book >(or rather, the manual) says that it is permissible to touch nearer >hands when the opportunity presents itself, a practice which is frowned >upon in the general case.
Congratulations Anselm, you have touched one of my hottest buttons...
Who are and where are the touching police? Sometimes I get really irritated
when I hear someone say that it is NOT CORRECT to give hands here or there.
At the risk of being pedantic, I quote from the most recent revision of
"Won't You Join The Dance", by Jean C. Milligan (1985), top of page 66
[Remember, this was the official dancing manual before "The Manual" was
"In all formations it is advisable to give hands freely and wherever
possible, as not only is it very helpful, but it adds greatly to the social
feeling of the dance. It also helps to maintain the shape of the set and to
keep the lines straight."
I agree with this 100%.
It continually amazes me how many Teachers who earned their certificates
before the first edition of "The Manual" are unaware of this statement and
do not recognize the basic truth of it.
It is a great misfortune that this and many gems like it became lost to the
recent generations of Teachers in the creation of "The Manual".
Who are these grumpy, fuddy-duddy nay-sayers that would contradict Miss
Milligan on this point?
I think people who look scornfully down their noses at other people's
giving hands here or there have something seriously wrong with their noses.
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