phrasing and dancing

Darla Granberry

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Who is the devisor, and what is the source for this lovely dance? Would
love to know more.

Darla Granberry, Lubbock TX
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>There are issues of flow, drama, and sometimes even a discernible organizing
>principle to a dance. Some dances seem to add some excitement by having a
>reversal of direction. While the track almost seems to have a singularity,
>closer inspection often reveals an accelerating loop, almost like that of a
>space probe using a close pass to a planet to get an accelerating whip to
>its motion.
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>Some dances are difficult to describe because their motions aren't common
>enough to have spawned canned terminolgy. Others, you can name in a few set
>terms, but there's no particular motivation for having one part of a dance
>after another because it would work as well if you interchanged two eight
>bar segments. To pick unfairly on Sandy O'er the Lea, I can remember an
>exhibition practice in which we realized on being confronted by extra bars
>of music that we had dropped out the set and cross by moving immediately
>into the down the middle. Having the music still going, it seemed as natural
>to add the set and cross after the fact (and the Allemande) than to stand
>there in chagrin. Perhaps this was one of Dianna's moments of hilarity.
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>Curry Mountain was interesting in that the moves both flowed into each other
>and seemed to organize around a cascade of participation -- initial
>activities with partner (cross and cast and half figure 8) flowed into a
>pair (in sequence) of turns on the side flowing into a pair of hands across
>flowing into a real. So two people moving flowed into four then into six. In
>some ways it was like seeing a contour drawing in which the pen never lifted
>from the paper. It was the realization of this dance gestalt that resulted
>in my metaphorical mandibular dislocation -- the dance could be remembered
>as itself rather than as a sequence of parts.
>
>...Keith
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