generic turns

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Message 32830 · 5 Dec 2002 09:00:46 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I should have added, that the two handed turn, at the
time the Society started would be considered a
stylistic innovation as the current style was a one
handed turn (see RSCDS vs current versions of Dashing
White Sergeant).

Synchronicity is always a problem with reconstructing
dead dances as there is a choice to be made as to the
style of which period and where.

DWS is an example of asynchronic adaption because the
Society´s then current is a violation of the rules of
choreography. When one follows the "set to and turn,
use two hands" rule in DWS, the default turn is
always CW (deasul as opposed to withershins - another
rule). However a default rule for reels is to have
them end with the dancers facing in appropirate
direction for the next figure. In DWS, after the
second CW turn (should be, and is, CCW in one handed
versions) the reel ends with the middle person facing
backwards for the next figure, advance and retire.
DWS never needed reviving and comes from a time when
the style was set to and turn one hand (right first,
then left second), the two handed turn period had
already ended before DWS and other "Swedish
Progressions" [3somes facing, orig. up and down,
later round the room].

So since the subject is generic, I prefer default,
the two applicable rules are ...
1. left hand after right, and
2. if the reel is to end with actives facing each
other, it should start by them dancing towards each
other [no matter which shoulder, either will work],
e.g. if on opposite sides, they must start by dancing
in to be able to cross back to own sides.

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