In some dances, it's nice to 'touch' hands, simply because it reinforces the
social aspect, and encourages people to look at and interact each other:
which I consider to be the main point of it all!!
I wouldn't in the various dem teams I've danced with, but at a Ball? Of
> -----Original Message----- > From: XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx [SMTP:XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx] > Sent: 11 June 1999 13:48 > To: email@example.com > Subject: Re: Who says don't touch? (was Special reels) > > To touch or not to touch becomes as much an issue as to how hands X should > be > done. When I first learned mirror reels there was never a discussion > about > touching. You simply did not do it. These reels were just another > variation > on the endless ways one could dance a reel of three. When the Gates was > introduced we were encouraged to touch because the dance was about Gates > and > the touching was symbolic of the gates opening and closing. Joining hands > > was encouraged in moving up or down the dance and in setting. > Now I hear teachers encouraging touching during the mirror reels as an aid > in > teaching beginners. From this comes the custom of touching always. > We can look at it from the viewpoint of a living tradition and that these > traditions change. However, if you are a history buff or learned to dance > > with Miss Milligan, as many of us older dancers did, it is nice to > preserve > this history. > Cheers, > Sylvia Miskoe, concord, NH USA > > -- > XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx