Since a number of writers have attributed my dislioke of StW to a desire
for RSCDS-type precision, Iell have to write back and say:
1) they don't know me very well (me? an RSCDS type?)
-- and it's nothing to do with 6/8 versus 9/8 or whether you need 40 bars
2) Unless a dance such as this runs smoothely, each person turning with
one arm then the other without a break, supporting dancers being ready with
the correct arm, I can't see much point in doing it. If there are breaks
and hesitations, it's just a mess.
3) It's a very awkward dance, since the man going down the ladies' side
must turn 1&1/4 with each lady while his partner is turning only 3/4 with
each man. 1st man then has farther to travel to turn his partner and find
the next lady, than 1st lady who should find herself just in front of the
next man with no effort.
(whichever variant you may do, you get this kind of imbalance)
If you compound this with non-dancers that can't remember whether they are
traveling up the set or down ...
It's one of the rare dances when I don't mind staying up on the stage and
off the floor.
in Grenoble, France.