1800s

Benjamin Stein

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Dianna Shipman wrote:

> Were there any Scottish Country dances done in the United States in the
> 1800's?

Well- Yes and No! a number of our Contra dances came directly from some of
the "Scottish" country dances and some from "English" country dances. Note
that I put "Scottish" and "English" in quotes because there is some doubt
that the separation into "Scottish" and "English" for Country dancing came
quite as early as often indicated. In any case-examples on the scottish
side include

Petronella which stayed on as Petronella
Scottish Reform which became Hull's Victory
The Linton Plowman which became Jefferson and Liberty.
    Note that in all three of these dances the Pousette disappeared and in
it's stead the down the middle and back finished with a cast off and a
"rights and lefts" was substituted for the Pousette. The Petronella that I
am talking about is the traditional one-not the current style. If you want
to see just how close this was to the Scottish version come see the Larkin
Daners here in Vermont-they are a demonstration group doing Contras in the
late 19th century style.

Ben Stein
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