ceilidh vs SCD

Alan Paterson

Message 35396 · 4 Jun 2003 09:58:52 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Oliver Thinius wrote:
>
> I agree to 100 percent - many SCD dancers in Germany dislike Ceilidh
> dance and do not want to do it. But those who have never danced
> Scottish are more easily to catch with Ceilidh Workshops containing
> one or two Set dances.
>
> But why is it so? Ceilidh is probably more traditional than the RSCDS
> standards of moving, and there is more to it than Gay Gordons, St.
> bernhard's Waltz, Dashing White Sergeant and Strip the Willow (the
> latter are regarded as Ceilidh by some people over here). Why have
> "reputated Country Dancers" got objections against Ceilidh Dance?

- Dangerous footware
- Uncontrolled pushing/pulling
- Arhythmic motion
- Complete disregard for the music
- Requirement to continually have to expect an unexpected move
- Unpractised moves (how many actually "learn" how to birl properly?)

I accept that this is painting it somewhat black and white, however, each
of the above features of ceilidh dance as it is today act in some way to
make me want to avoid it.

Alan

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