Grand Chain

Iain_Boyd

Message 20446 · 21 Feb 2000 21:39:09 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I think it is about time that I tangled this thread a 'little' -

I was taught and teach another variantion of the three-couple grand chain -

"change places right (2 bars), change left (1 bar), change right (1 bar), change
left (1 bar), change right (1 bar) and change left (2 bars)".

As the three-couple grand chain is basically oval in shape and since the
starting and finishing positions are usually on the side-lines this variation
means that dancers have two bars to 'get into' the formation and two bars to
'get out of' the formation.

(I had hoped to provide a written/published reference but forgot to check out my
books over the weekend.)

In my experience, the three-couple grand chain is more usually taught -

"aim to get half way at the end of 4 bars (and three hands) and home at the end
of 8 bars (and six hands)".

I suspect that what actually happens in reel-time is that dancers will naturally
take longer at the beginning of the figure 'to get going' so that it resembles
the grand chain I teach formally. However, in strathspey time I have noted that
dancers start quickly and find themselves almost half way through at the end of
three bars so that they have to 'diddle' on the spot before continuing.

Iain Boyd

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