I am interested in how others learned bars 21-22 of The Princess Royal.
One of the other teachers in our branch was taught that on bars 21-22,
1C turns BH halfway using pas de basque. He said that is how C. Stewart
Smith taught the dance in 1979 (he still has the notes). He was quite
surprised to see me teach those two bars as turn RH halfway (using skip
change). So, we checked the books. My copy of RSCDS book 2 (purchased
within the last 5 years) specifically states that 1C cross or turn
halfway with the RH to finish on their own sides in 2nd place. Since
no mention is made of pas de basque, I assumed skip change. His copy
of RSCDS book 2, which is a 1960s edition, is ambiguous: It just says
1C turn halfway to their own sides in 2nd place. It doesn't specify
the handing or the type of footwork. There is no clarification of this
point to be found in either the RSCDS manual or TAC Notes.
I am curious how many people learned bars 21-22 of the dance as BH and
pas de basque vs. RH and skip change, and at what point the RSCDS book
added the instruction to use RH.
Minneapolis, MN USA
RSCDS Twin Cities Branch