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Pia

Message 17859 · 1 Jul 1999 13:10:06 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi there

Nobody said that the two can't go hand in hand - In the case of SCD, I
would say that the physical movement is the science - i.e. how to move your
limbs, in order to put the least strain on your body and still look
"non-robottic" - but I would still hold to the theory that when dancing a
dance, you should express it, not worry whether a 3/4 turn is a 3/4 turn or
a 3/4 turn and 2 cm.

Afterall - if we have to put science into to movement - doing various
variations also depend on body weight, length of step, height, partner etc.
- this therefore means that exact adherence to "the text" cannot be done.

Also - to quote the "In my days - long ago etc. etc." school of thought - I
was always taught to dance through the positions, not into them. To use
the music to its fullest, which means glide through the bars, whatever
rhytm. And to help other dancers by adjusting my dancing to theirs in
order to make the whole look pleasing. I try and hold hands the way it
should be done, but if somebody does something different, I adjust -
quickly and without histronics, hoping that others will do this to me too,
when (not if) I do something wrong. (All my dances start with: "How does
it go?" continues with "What next?" and ends with "Phew I got through
somehow!" :>)).

I firmly believe that only by adapting the dance to suit your physical
ability, but at the sametime of course taking other into consideration, can
you make the dance look good.

As for twiddling: Twiddling started (probably) by somebody (a set?) who
could do the dance, and were well enough danced together to enable them to
do it. Then somebody upwardly mobily (not necessarily young) thought that
This would be The Qay to Arrive There quicker (where ever There is) - and
since there are so many insecure people outthere, who use "tripping up"
others to make themselves feel better, twiddling is now used to make
somebody feel better, and other feel that they should never have started
scottish country dancing in the first place, because they will never
belong!!!!!!

Just a thought

Pia
Who likes twiddling too - under the right circumstances.
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> From: Valerie L. Hill <xxxxxx@xxxx.xxx>
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
> Subject: Re: Another perspective on extra twiddles
> Date: 01 July 1999 05:13
>
> "SCD is an art - not a science"
>
> I find the distinctions made between art & science are mostly artificial,
> if not mythical. Speaking as a medical scientist with some training in
> music, it seems to me that no artist is a stranger to the method and
> discipline necessary to practice his art, and good science is a
> profoundly creative and imaginative activity. Personally, I think SCD is
> both a science and an art, like any human activity worth doing.
>
> Sorry, but that pushed one of my buttons.
>
> Valerie L. Hill
> Frederick, MD
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