jig or reel

Norah Link

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>>> <xxxxxxxxxx-xxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx> 21/10/99 04:18 pm >>>
A question for those with a deeper understanding of dance music than I
have:

When devising a new dance in quicktime, what factors would make you
inclined to designate the dance a reel versus a jig? (This is assuming
you didn't already have a specific tune in mind when you devised it.)
<<<

Okay, this is a very personal response. I wouldn't say I have a deep
understanding of the music, but ... basically ... How I envision the flow or
character of the movements within the structure of the dance, which to me is
communicated from a combination of rhythm (mostly) and major or minor key. The
easy answer is lilting (jig) vs. driving (reel) but it actually goes well beyond
that when you start thinking about sub-classes like hornpipes, Scotch measures,
songs, rants, 6/8 marches, "single" jigs. Put on a bunch of different jigs and a
bunch of different reels and see how they affect your steps when you're just
dancing around on your own. I think you will find that in general to reels you
are dancing in a straight line with fairly constant momentum and power, whereas in
general to jigs you will get more variation with vertical or side-to-side or
"swingy" movement. So what kind of game were you playing with the other dancers
in your head when you devised the dance?

As someone here at work says... "my rules" ...

Norah

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