Form Following Function (was Use of 3rd Rear Aerial)

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Message 19677 · 5 Dec 1999 00:42:37 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>The very end of the setting step should be distinguishable from a travelling
>step in as much as the step ends in a 3ra BEFORE you go on to the next
>step - you use the music.

This interesting statement is just a claim. It has no a-priori basis.
A number of [experienced, skilled, knowledgeable] people in the RSCDS
hierarchy have made similar claims, but the flow of the dance does
not require it. In fact, the flow of the dance suggests something
quite different. This claim is based (only in part) on the assumption
that 3ra is owned by the setting step. I don't accept that. I believe
that 3ra belongs to the class of step transitions that involve
direction reversal. That transition occurs when you do two or more
setting steps in sequence.

I reread the section 5 in the Manual on Steps to confirm my memory.
Each SCD step is discussed in fair detail and in isolation from the
others. Nowhere does the Manual say "finish the step" or even "start
the step" for that matter. It certainly does not explain what "finish
the step" is supposed to mean.

The Manual says NOTHING about step transitions. I find this amazing,
but I think it is because there is far from universal agreement about
step transitions. A number of important teachers both living and
remembered have had very strong and differing opinions about some
step transitions. But none of those opinions have received the
official stamp of the RSCDS by encoding them in the Manual. To me,
that makes those opinions no more than interesting information with
which I am free to agree or disagree.

As for teacher exams, in the face of the absence of specifications in
the Manual, I think it would be totally out of line for any Examiner
to insist upon a specific form for a step transition in an
examination. It is reasonable for an Examiner to expect, or even
require, that a transition be clean and unobtrusive. Beyond that, the
specific form of the transition is the business only of the dancer
(the examinee).

>If you just pull towards the standing foot and go on to the next
>step, you go before the music, and you are out of synch.

Well, _I_ do not go before the music and _I_ am not out of synch. :)

>In order to use the music, you have to finish the step, regardless of
>whether this is in the Manual or not, this is common sense which surely
>shouldn't need to be written down.

Huh? Oh dear, I can't believe you said that. What is so common about
common sense? You assume that we think the same way and that we draw
conclusions based on the same set of assumptions. This note clearly
demonstrates that we do not. If it is not written down or if it is
written down poorly, then it is up for grabs.

>...again I would like to say, that SCD is for everyone and I
>personally don't feel that a dance is ruined by a step not being up to
>scratch - we all dance in our own way thank god.

Now on this we agree! :-)

Cheers, Oberdan.

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