Miss M's opinions.

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Message 29447 · 1 Feb 2002 01:26:45 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>Priscilla wrote:
>
>>Why would it set Miss M revolving in her grave. I remember her teaching
>>that the standing dancer should step out of the way when necessary ...
>
>Ah, what a relief. I'm not alone after all.
>A slap in the face of the rigid pillars of righteousness?
>

With all due respect to Miss M's memory, I continue to be amazed by
how much weight some people place on recollections of her
teachings/sayings/opinions.

It is my opinion that Miss M is neither a Saint nor a God. She was
human, albeit at very talented one. She did and said many wonderful
things. She also did and said some things that were less than
wonderful.

On the wonderful side she wrote "...it is always correct to give hands..."

On the less wonderful side, I believe she was principally responsible
for messing up the strathspey poussette.

By this time, any snippet alleged to Miss M is almost assuredly
missing the context in which it was made. So I take such snippets as
interesting historical tidbits, but they are inappropriate as
justification for my own conclusions.

This particular note: "the standing dancer should step out of the way
when necessary" is a logical truism (i.e. obviously true). As such it
carries no useful information and is not a behavioral guide. Unless
you are a complete idiot, if something is necessary, you do it. The
problem comes in knowing what is necessary, which is where one's
individual judgment comes in.

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