> In four bars of music you will dance four travelling or setting > steps. However in four bars of music (for a circle), you will dance > eight slip steps. As simple as that. (eight slip steps round and > back) As teachers we tend to count the steps rather than the > musical bars.
And a dancing "bar" is the time it takes for one travelling/setting
step, which may or may not correspond with what a musician thinks of
as a bar, hence the problems dancers have with pipe bands.
Unfortunately (despite what I have been told by people who ought to
know better) there is no simple rule of thumb about when a dancing
bar is twice as long as a musician's bar, but I think it only happens
when the musician is playing a 2/4 tune (2/4 march?). Maybe one of
the musicians on the list can give more detail.
Ian Brockbank, Indigo Active Vision Systems, The Edinburgh Technopole,
Bush Loan, Edinburgh EH26 0PJ Tel: 0131-475-7234 Fax: 0131-475-7201
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