Irene's question of Waltz Country Dance prompted me to ask a question regarding
Queen Victoria's Quadrilles. I love the music and formations of this dance, and
the general shift from sameness to something very different in Country Dance.
My question to those who have learned/taught the dance -- what steps were used
for travelling? The written directions, and the way I originally learned the
dance called for a step step close. But a noted RSCDS instructor taught this
dance in a workshop setting as a step close step -- of course this was far
easier to get through to the RSCDS dancer psyche of skip change or strathspey.
My class invariably falls all over themselves when dancing step step close.
The same thing happens with the Minuet step used in the Yellow Haired Laddie.
Should I give up on the step step close technique to make these dances more
available/acceptable to the class, or is that too much of a compromise. I
personally enjoy the change of technique, and I often use these dances to shift
the attention of experienced dancers back to their feet and their personal
technique. Perhaps this is too esoteric a topic for the group, but I've
often thought about this.