>[Sylvia:] It seems, from all the replies, that hopping in a >strathspey travelling step is left up to the dancer.
Yes, in the sense that dancers are free to do what they want at any
time, including dancing on their heels and blowing bubbles. No, in
the sense of dancing a correct travelling step as specified by the
>Now, to the teachers, should we teach that there is a hop or should >we teach that there is a hint of a hop?
Manual, bottom of page 5.6:
4. Hop slightly on the right foot as the left foot is pulled through
from behind, ready to lead into the next step.
Manual, middle of page 5.7:
4. ... Just as the rear foot passes the front foot, prior to
straightening to start the next powerful urge forward, there is a
very definite hop on the supporting foot, though that hop is kept low.
Looks pretty clear and straightforward to me! That's what I dance.
That's what I teach.
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