absence of hopping in strathspey

ron.mackey

Message 19661 · 4 Dec 1999 01:56:58 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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> Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 16:06:58 -0800
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
> From: Oberdan Otto <xxxxx@xxx.xxx>
> Subject: RE: absence of hopping in strathspey
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> >Most workshops I attend never mention a hop in connection with the
> >strathspey traveling step. Our teacher states there is no hop in a
> >strathspey traveling step. As soon as the dancing starts - there it is -
> >skip, hop, elevation, merely clearing the floor, whatever.
>
> Your teacher needs a reality check.
>
> A travelling strathspey without a hop or lift on the pull-through is
> a dead step. Gives me the creeps to think about it. With today's
> styling the hopping foot leaves the floor very slightly AND travels
> forward a very small amount (maybe 2-3 inches, 5-7 cm) during the
> hop. Ellie Briscoe has called it a "thin slice of daylight" between
> the foot and the floor. Definitely not a bounding hop. The hop or
> lift gives the body lightness on the pull-through and prepares the
> body for the compression (urge) that begins the the next step.
>
> Cheers, Oberdan.
>

Oh, dear!! Travelling on the hop???? Tsk,Tsk.
Used to get your head in your hands to even mention it!!

Cheers, Ron :)

< 0 Ron Mackey,(Purveyor of Pat's Party Pieces)
'O> Mottingham,
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