In a message dated 25/1/02 12:58:46 am, email@example.com writes:
>One of the practices I find pleasant in English Country dancing is that >dancers standing in the line of the set move forwards, backwards and >sideways for those who are dancing around them or who can be helped by >a shorter path to their destination. It can be done gracefully, musically, >and unobtrusively (or with a bit of panache) depending on the dance and the >music and it always seems to add to the sociability of the dance.
I am sorry to have to disagree most strongly over this, but this is one of my
absolute betes noirs! I try very hard, when teaching ECD to persuade people
NOT to move about just because someone is dancing round them - I always think
it makes the whole set look like a field of waving corn - Ugh! This is a
habit which has simply grown up with sloppier dancing these days: I do not
believe anyone was ever taught to do it.
I should, of course, say that my remarks refer to ECD in the UK.
Nicolas B., Lanark, Scotland.