Of the 400 or so members of this list there are probably 100 opinions on what
makes a good dance. To me, the music is first. Think of the special dances
and you will probably find that they have equally special tunes. Davy Davy
Knick Knack comes to mind. The dance and tune match completely. It would be
a nice dance without that tune but the frosting on the cake is that the tune
fits the dance like a glove. There are not many of these situations.
A lot of the classics have only a minimum of figures. Mairi's Wedding and
the Duke of Perth each have only 4.
Since I don't get to dance with a regular class I like dances that I can
remember after the briefing and walk through. Ron thinks Quarrie's Jig is
wonderful. My only encounter with it was at a dance party where much time
was spent teaching the 2nd half of the dance. As I danced it I realized it
was a head trip. That is the sort of dance many people prefer.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA