You seem to have missed my point, I am not asking that we change the published dances, only that we consider other tradition when editing and including new ones. OK, the Society said, down and back to the top for 8 bars, followed by our 8 bar half pousette to progress. Fine, no problem. However, does this mean that if someone discovers another ancient MS with down and back pousette, and knowing the trdition in which it was written still has to do the same as Petronella. Of course not, when the notes obviously indicate that the first 8 end in second place, and the pousette, is a fast time all round pousette.
In answer to Anselm, listening to the music is counter productive since we teach people to phrase, then we break the rule, by rephrasing the reel so as not to fit the music to those who are listening.