Re comment from Steve Wyrick, concerned that our (Channel Coast Scottish
Dancers') audiences in California don't hear a strathspey...
I don't really understand the comment, and I fear that perhaps you've somehow
completely misunderstood my message. Our audiences DO hear and SEE a great
deal of strathspey. Even when we use a 48 bar quicktime done twice to our
32/32/32 medley music, the middle 32 is strathspey to the ear as well as to
the eye; as I'd mentioned, we dance the last 16 of the 1st revolution and
initial 16 of the 2nd revolution in strathspey time. Additionally, in the
same message I had suggested a combination of three different strathspeys to
Neidpath Castle music. We have several other standard strathspey as
strathspey favorites as well, which we often perform, e.g. Culla Bay, which
has its own lovely music. We often alternate Sarona and Autumn in Appin,
which we can do to the music of one or the other, but often like to do this
to the music of Mary Hamilton. So not only do we do many strathspeys, but
don't hesitate to take a quicktime dance and even dance it as a strathspey
(e.g., Pelorus Jack to Macdonald of the Isles--last four bars altered with
dancing couple [of three] chasing to the bottom around the women's side as
bottom couple spirals up one position right hands), but I don't think that
we've ever taken a dance written as a strathspey and danced it quicktime.
Even some of our dancers have on occasion commented that we err too heavily
on the strathspey side, as some think that non-SCD audiences seem to prefer
quicktime! Typically about half of our perfomance is strathspey. I just
don't know what you're getting at, Steve.