Backing out of turns (was Gates of Edinburgh Reels)

Norah Link

Message 17708 · 17 Jun 1999 17:27:25 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>>> Martin E. Mulligan <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx.xxx.xx> 17/06/99 10:03 am >>>
I recall noticing recently that such a choice is
explicitly mentioned for at least one dance in my copy of one of
the early pocket books.
<<<

As I recall, The Fairy Dance (book 3) has a 4-bar turn back to own sides for 1st
couple. This is specified as either a turn one-and-a-half with right hands or a
half turn with 2 hands using pdb. (Mind you, I haven't looked at it recently, so
I can't recall if it's specified as a choice in the dance instructions, or if the
instructions don't say anything more than "turn to own sides" and the Manual
provides the choice under notes for dances.)

This raises another question for the history buffs: were such "choices" common in
the early dances? Anyone know how this choice came to be (was it a case of people
weren't sure, so they made it a choice, or was it a common individual variation?),
and why we no longer seem to follow this practice?

Norah Link (Montreal)

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