SCDs of a more universal appeal

Priscilla M. Burrage

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On Sat, 1 Dec 2001, M Sheffield wrote:

> Sounds like a great setup to get together people of different backgrounds.
> Of course, it depends whether you are going to teach/walkthrough the dances
> or not, which I would say is absolutely indispensible. All those different
> dancers will be used to rhythm and moving to the music.

> never quite sure who you should be dancing with) or to try to get them to
> adopt pointed toes before they are ready, you should have a good evening's
> fun.

Agreed.

> Start off with ceilidh dances (Virginia reel, Cumberland square, Dashing
> WS, RSCDS Nice to meet you, even StW if you're short of ideas. Go on to
> Posties' Jig to have a giggle, Happy Meeting (collisions guaranteed, but
> who minds?), Wind on LF, as it has an obvious pattern, Garry Spey to
> flatter their self esteem ...

Barley Bree instead of Virginia Reel to keep it Scottish; couple facing
couple round the room to avoid three-couple progression (not common
anymore in contras and unfamilar to square dancers); once and to the
bottom Mamie's Jig; Jack's Maggot (English dance) to test their familarity
with reels of three.

> and avoid all the dances that the RSCDS peddle as suitable for children
> and/or beginners.

Love it!
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Priscilla Burrage Vermont US
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