Dashing White Sergeant

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Message 35451 · 6 Jun 2003 00:44:41 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Paterson" <xxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx>
To: "Strathspey" <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 1:30 AM
Subject: Dashing White Sergeant

> In the correspondence over the past few days on "Ceilidh vs. SCD)" it was
> pointed out that there are SCD dancers (let me use that expression to
> describe those who - kind of - follow the RSCDS way) who express a dislike
> of the dance Dashing White Sergeant.
>
> It was implied that such people are to be described using a rude word.
> "Workers" I seem to remember.
>
> Well, this started me thinking and I have concluded that I myself don't
> particularly like the DWS. Reasons:
>
> - The interaction betweeen the 2 groups of 3 is minimal. Basically one
> dances the same figures with the same people six times through.
That would seem appropiate to me as the name of the Dance seems to indicate,
the interaction should be between the Dashing White Segeant and his 2
partners!

> - It's exhausting (writing as someone usually to be found in the centre
> position)
>
> - It is a flawed dance! (I mean, LEFT-shoulder entry to the reels. Lord
> above!)
Right or wrong, isn't there an RSCDS rule that has Left-shoulder reels
after 'set and turn corners?

> So I would maintain that it is quite acceptable not to want to do this
> dance.
>
> However, if the REASON for rejecting it is, as Bryan implies, "It is a
> ceilidh dance", then perhaps there may be a little justification for the
> term of derision expressed.
>
> Coming at this dance from another angle, I have often seen people being
> brought up to do this who have no SCD experience. Perhaps they did it at
> school, or perhaps they just get a quick description and off it goes.
>
> Almost invariably, these people will take the second eight-bar phrase and
> throw it out the window (Set-and-turn-both hands, stuff that!) and they
> will more often than not do a right-hand turn followed by a left-hand
turn.
> This has the result that a RIGHT-shoulder entry to the reel becomes more
> natural - thus removing the structural flaw mentioned earlier.
>
> I have never seen it done, but I can well imagine that the ceilidh dancers
> would do this as well. This is therefore a case where they have IMPROVED
an
> RSCDS dance. IMNSHO.
>
> Bravo.
>
> Alan
>
> P.S. At our dance a few weeks back, I did mention in the briefing that it
> is perfectly OK to dance it the way I described above. No-one actually did
> though. Some habits die hard.

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