The Wind on Loch Fyne

Oberdan Otto

Message 21696 · 28 Jun 2000 00:12:02 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>This dance does require a certain amount of strength (and preparedness) if
>it is to be danced as written :
>
> 2 bars to set
> 2 bars to circle half way
> 2 bars to turn partner BH
> 2 bars to circle half way
>
>This may explain the popularity of the alternatives - circle one place
>rather than half way (which changes the progression but doesn't destroy
>the dance) or move while turning.
>
>However all the crispness is lost in doing either of these and so is much
>of the vigour of the dance. John Bowie Dickson was a great champion of
>vigour in strathspeys (and much else in life, forbye) and I'm sure he
>wrote exactly what he wanted to be done. He never wrote a sludgy
>strathspey in his life.

I agree with Peter that to dance this formation as written takes a
bit of practice, planning ahead and agreement among the dancers to
MOVE on the circles half way. I especially like the way the triangle
is inverted as the partners turn BH. Much of the beauty of the
formation is lost if you move while turning. If you are mentally
prepared, the setting to the left can give you plenty of impetus for
the half circle as can the exit from the turn BH into the second half
circle.

This dance was on our annual program in recent years and I recollect
that we danced this formation "as written". The inverted triangle was
definitely the target position for the turn (not a moving turn),
although occasionally the half circle didn't go quite far enough and
the couples had to start their turns before reaching the target
positions and move the turns onto the targets; but that is quite
different from having a floating turn with no target position. It is
very satisfying when the figure is done well.

Cheers, Oberdan.

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