On 28 Oct 2000, at 16:16, Oberdan Otto wrote, in reply to Jim Healy:
> And now, I suppose, based on Jim's experience I should ignore 3 > decades of dancing the Wild Geese and 2 decades of teaching it as "1s > and 3s set advancing to balance in line", and now go for the "hands > forward" method. .........
> I have always perceived the formations called or resembling "balance > in line" in the Wild Geese, Reel of the 51st and Scottish Reform as > identical.
The RSCDS "Formation Index" includes "The Wild Geese" in the
list for dances with "Balance in Line". In the RSCDS pocket-book
descriptions of these dances the diagrams for this figure (when
given), including the "Wild Geese", show all dancers in a straight
line. There are no "Notes for dancers" in the Manual or "TacNotes"
on "The Wild Geese" to indicate any difference of this "balance in
line" from that in other dances.
Although strictly taken, the wording of the Manual:
> "This formation is danced by three or four dancers in a line facing > alternate ways. It can be danced on the sidelines, across the dance or > diagonally."
would exclude the "Wild Geese", I would guess that the wording
predates the Wild Geese, and that the omission of "on the centre
line" is not intentional.
I am not trying to say what is right, but only that no differences
seem to have been written down.
Balance in peace.
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