SCD styles (was Illustrated SCD Book and Posters)

Pia Walker

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Uh oh I feel a diatribe coming on!! :>)

Hi Malc.

What is SCD? I have always understood that it was dancing which EVOLVED in
Scotland. To say it originated is wrong I think, as all dance (I believe)
originated tribally as a means of communication. Later on "civilised"
people tried to structure this and various peoples adapted dance to suit
their temperament, and music.

I am an RSCDS'er through and through - but to say that it is the only
correct way is putting it a bit strong. Is African dancing wrong, because
it to us seem unstructured? Is French/Russian ballet the only right thing,
and is all ballet-trained dancers who become dancers of contemporary
dancing, traitors? In SCD, the older dances are more or less the same, as
far as my untrained eye can see, but RSCDS has evolved these to a structured
artform - mixing in classical/formal dance-methods to uphold a tradition in
a way that can be understood by generations to come. I am sure that in 50
years to come, Reelers and Ceidlidh dancers will have RSCDS dances on their
programs and call it theirs. And SCD is only danced abroad, because RSCDS
has had the idea to go out and preach to the uninitiated foreigners. :>) We
do not know ceidlidh dancing and reeling abroad (although perhaps this is
changing, I don't know - certainly I learnt RSCDS methods when I took up
Scottish dancing).

We should all pull together to promote Scottish Dancing not get into petty
fights on who is right and who is wrong - there's an awful lot of music to
dance to out there and an awful lot of fun to be had.

Pia

> Ignoring any misinterpretation of what was actually meant, we still have 3
> (or more) ways of Scottish dancing, but to say that they are one form with
3
> styles is a bit like saying there are five types of ball game, all one
form
> of football but just different styles. (Association Football or Soccer,
> Rugby Union, Rugby League, American and Australian). Everything about them
> is different, especially the rules.
>
> So what is included in Scottish Country Dancing?
> Do we define them as Scottish because they are done in Scotland (they are
> done all over the world)
> Do we define them as Scottish because they originated in Scotland (not all
> of them - perhaps we should classify Reel of the 51st as German?)
> Do we define them as Scottish because they are performed by Scots (and the
> rest of the world).
>
> Ceilidh dancing includes circle type dances, dances where you change
> partners, dances where the only person you dance with is your partner -
all
> features missing from Country dances.
>
> I'm sorry, but to the vast majority of the people who do "Scottish Country
> Dancing" it actually has a very narrow definition, which approximates
> usually to that described by the Society. (And for the rest of the world,
> who do not do SCD, it involves dancing over swords to bagpipes!)
>
> This started out as flippant reply, but the more I write the more I am
> convinced that a belief that the Society's way of dancing is the only
proper
> way of performing Scottish Country Dancing , (with its concentration on
> footwork, handing, posture, phrasing, covering, etc.), is not a problem in
> most of the world.
>
> However what is weird is that even among the dancers who believe that it
is
> the "right" way to dance, the vast majority do not actually dance that
way!
> With a form of dance that requires athleticism to perform correctly, and a
> population of dancers where the majority of people take the activity up
when
> their children have left home (at best), or when they have retired (more
> usual) we have an irreconcilable conflict. I would like to believe that
the
> efforts to take Scottish dancing into schools will bear fruit, but so far
I
> have failed to see any significant influx of young dancers going to
dances.
> So if it going to continue to be done by the physically impaired, perhaps
> the ideal should be something they can manage easily? (Of course the many
> young German dancers are excluded from the above remarks!) - (and the next
> generation of our family, before they ring up!!!)
>
>
> Malcolm & Helen Brown
> Tir-Nan-Og - York (UK)
>
>
> --
> "mlbrown" <xxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx>
>
>

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