Origin of the Rondel

Oberdan Otto

Message 28438 · 27 Nov 2001 22:32:41 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>Just because a dance was published in 1968 doesn't mean that John devised it
>then. I was told by Mary Brander(sp?) at Summer School many years ago that
>John Drewry devised the rondel, and used to drive many miles over
>snow-covered roads in the Lake District to get to a dance class where he
>would ask the class to run through his creations, if they wouldn't mind.
>Among these "creations" was the rondel, which was finally accepted by the
>Society in the "Silver Tassie".
>I know this isn't proof positive, but I hope it helps somewhat.
>Cheers,
>Colleen
>
> > It seems I may be a victim of a fractured history. I hope someone can
> > set me aright.
> >
> > I had believed that the Rondel was introduced by John Drewry in the
> > Silver Tassie. Now with all the talk of George Emerson and the
> > Sauchie Haugh it appears that I have had it wrong all this time.
> > DanceData gives the publication dates as Sauchie Haugh (1967) and
> > Silver Tassie (1968).
> >
> > Thanks, Oberdan.

Thanks! It appears from Colleen's and other responses that my history
was not fractured after all.

So, as I understand it, the idea of (George Emmerson) adding casting
to the end of the Rondel in Sauchi Haugh is an embellishment that
Emmerson liked, but has nothing to do with the definition of the
Rondel.

Even so, with or without casting, the Rondel heads the list of my
unfavorite figures with three strikes against it: awkward phrasing,
awkward handing and arches, which are inherently awkward. Perfect for
dancers of a perverse mind. Not that John Drewry has a perverse mind,
but then, perhaps he does after all! How else could he be so
innovative? :))

Cheers, Oberdan.

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