Have you danced the galliard?

Adam Hughes

Message 31413 · 8 Jul 2002 17:54:52 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Norah Link wrote:
>
> Question: What do you do with the foot that is in the air (commonly
> referred to as the working foot) when you are leaping, and how high do you
> leap? e.g. is it extended to the front with the knee straight, kicked up
> behind, lifted with the knee???? and how high do you leap?

Whatever you want and as high as you can, respectively.

The basic step (as I was taught) looks like Highland points (without the
turnout), on the first four beats. I've been taught variations where
you heel and toe with the free foot (not as easy as it sounds since you
are changing feet!), point behind, cross your legs... I've seen people
slap their ankles, sidestep, and as you mention you can also do an
eleven-step, as well as the basic five-step. The person who taught me
mumbled about seventeen-steps, but never demonstrated one! I've never
seen a knee lift, but there is no reason not to do it if your hose can
stand it... (that is real hose, with tips and points, and no Lycra...)

For the height, you jump high enough that you get down in time, and
liaise with the musician to slow it down if you are feeling
energetic... At that point it can get like a Cotswold Morris caper, but
I've only ever dance the Galliard much faster than I've capered...
Maybe six beats at slow jig/Gentle Shepherd speed...

Adam
Cambridge, UK.

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