Grand Chain

Steve Wyrick

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XXxxxxx@xxx.xxx wrote:

> In a message dated 2/24/00 3:56:28 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx writes:
>
> << To me a 1/2 turn has a fairly rigid arm so that the radius remains fixed,
> whereas when I cross over the arm
> extends, bends and straightens before releasing - and that is what I think
> should happen in a Grand Chain >>
>
> that's a good distinction. i sort of like the 1/2-turn feeling, especially
> when the "2" occurs going across the set. is there any "official" guidance
> on this point?
>
> the same distinction can be made in rights-and-lefts. any thoughts on that?
> again, i try to curve out (or in) rather than "crossing".
>
> cece

A couple of my teachers have taught us to think of rights & lefts as
occurring "in a box," that is the dancers crossing on the outside follow a
more or less straight track, while the dancers crossing on the inside do the
curving. One teacher goes as far as to say that the inside dancers should
approach each other close enough to feel the breeze as they pass! This box
approach keeps the dancers from encroaching on any territory outside "their"
space, and also helps the polite turns work better. Also, the curving
allows the giving of firm arms for the turns (which I also like better than
the limper extending, bending, straightening approach). -Steve
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Steve Wyrick <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx> -- Concord, CA

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