Spins and Twirls in New Zealand

Doug Mills

Message 29444 · 31 Jan 2002 23:35:47 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Adam Hughes wrote:

> .... physical challenge of interpretting the figures of a
> dance in ways different from those described by the RSCDS is one of my
> favourites. Dancing variations on figures is a very old tradition.....

One of the things about SCD that appeals to me is that I can go anywhere in
the world and know that if (for example) The Duke of Perth is on a
programme, I will know how it goes. Anywhere except maybe in Cambridge.

By the same token, those dancers whom Adam teaches to dance figures in
different ways may find dancing outside of their area more difficult.

I agree with my compatriot on this subject, I get more from dancing a dance
well with enthuisasim and gusto than I do from adding twirls or changing
movements. I'm not sure that Iain was inferring that in NZ we should dance
around po faced and silent, but you can still really enjoy a dance without
adding filligrees to it. (There's nothing I like more than hooching if I'm
enjoying myself)

There is nothing to stop people from changing a dance to "make it more
challanging" (although I can think of several dances that need no
modification to make them a challange), but they should not then call that
dance by it's original name. It is a new dance, leave the original as it
was written.

If someone wants to express themselves by adding a little bit here or there,
and that that little bit dosen't interfere with the rest of the dancers,
then well and good, otherwise leave it for the after dance party.

Cheers

Doug Mills
Christchurch, NZ

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