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Anselm Lingnau

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Marjorie McLaughlin <xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> writes:

> Jean Milligan did attend Kingsfield College in Dartford, Kent for two years
> and after completing her qualification she taught for a short while in
> Surrey. But after she returned to Glasgow in 1909 it seems that she spent
> the rest of her career up north (except for her exceptional travels, of
> course).

Cecil Sharp didn't start the FDSS until 1911, and in the beginning (at
least according to the EFDSS web pages) their main focus seems to have
been on Morris dancing.

In any case it seems strange to me that Cecil Sharp should have
encouraged Jean Milligan to make up her own »Scottish« country dance
society when historically -- as I have mentioned before -- there was no
real difference between »English« and »Scottish« country dancing as far
as the actual dancing was concerned. The EFDSS, being open to all sorts
of regional styles, could surely have taken Scottish country dancing,
as it had become in the 19th and early 20th centuries, under its own
wing and have been the stronger for that (remember that it started out
as the »Folk Dance Society« and might as well have become the »British«
as the »English Folk Dance Society«). Compare this to the outlook of the
early SCDS, where our good ladies had very firm ideas about how Scottish
dancing *should* look like, as opposed to what it *did* look like in
their time, and where regional styles were all but wiped out in the
SCDS's drive for standardisation. Also consider that, according to
official wisdom, SCD is most definitely not »folk dancing« to begin
with, but vintage ballroom dancing. The same logic ought to apply to
ECD, but this wouldn't have bothered the FDSS since they did start
out with Morris dancing where the »folk« aspect is a lot more pronounced.

Another oeuvre worth looking at in this context is Hugh Foss's »Notes
on Evolution in Scottish Country Dancing«.

Anselm
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