18th Century dances - Art's Seat 31&32.

Richard Goss

Message 22998 · 1 Oct 2000 18:37:05 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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It is interesting that when computing is mentioned, the
unitiated make such a comment as below. All a computer can
do is find similar situations from a given data base of
dances. I fail to understand how dancing and computing have
any connection to my initial comment in this matter which
was...

"It may work for computers, but will never replace dancing."

This in response to my verbal description of what is
happening in a petronella turn: "it only requires a slightly
*{extended} 'pas' to reach that place finishing the flow of
the turn (a la Petronella) with 'de-basque'".

As far as I can remember, this is how we have always done
Petronella, If it is good enough for RSCDS Book 1.1, why
should it not be good enough for any dance in which the same
movement requires the same resolution. What is the
difference between "Petronella {15&16} and Art's Seat
{31&32}? This is an example of where those who pick up
dancing out of context, with an over emphasis on
choreography leads to broken continuity, ossified dances (,
minds, and dancers), and a future need for a NRSCDS [New
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - preserve the
traditional dancing of the RSCDS from extinction].
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[*{} sorry, inadvertantly omitted the word "extended".]

Since, preRSCDS and extraRSCDS dancing have no choreographic
way of making a transition from one figure to the next, one
dances as if each figure were complete, making the blend
from one to he other as descrite as possible. In other
words, there is no reason a choreographed cheat on bars 7&8
of hardly any dance in its historical form. Most of the
RSCDS "cheats" are used to cover the seams in dances which
are historically different from the original form:
Montgomery [24-25], Cadgers [1-2], etc.

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