> 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 > written]: > > "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."
Hear, Hear, Oberdan,
I once attended a class which J.M. was taking and someone asked
whether hands should be given in a particular dance. Her reply was
that it was not in the instructions to do so but... as dancing was a
friendly, social activity one could not be criticised for giving
hands whenever the dance seemed to require it.
That is as near a quote as makes no difference because the words
stuck fast in my normally erratic memory !
Cheers, Ron :)
< 0 Ron Mackey,(Purveyor of Pat's Party Pieces)
/#\ London. UK.