6-bar reels

Anselm Lingnau

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Alan Paterson wrote:

> The dance is Goat Fell Gallop, is by Roy Goldring and has been received
> favourably by my group.

I have taught the Goat Fell Gallop a number of times to all sorts of classes,
including rank beginners, and it invariably went down rather well. If one can
find fault with it then certainly not with the phrasing, which IMHO is
totally straightforward. It may not be Roy Goldring's best creation ever but
for what it's worth it's certainly more danceable than many of the new dances
that I've seen.

> Richard's claim that there is no logical reason for turning left hand at
> the end isn't QUITE so cut-and-dried. Turning left makes it easier for
> the man, turning right would make it easier for the lady.

I appear to have misplaced my copy of _Graded & Social Dances 2_ for the
moment but I seem to remember that when I gave the issue some thought the
outcome was that the left-hand turn at the end made the entry into the next
turn of the dance more convenient for the dancers concerned. This could
probably be ÈfixedÇ by turning the complete dance around but then again some
other, more noticeable flaw would crop up in the process. Anyway, it's not as
if the world would come to a sudden end if a dance had a left-hand turn at
the end.

Incidentally, maybe the single most popular dance that I've come up with so
far (judging from its fairly regular appearance on dance programmes at least
here in Germany) has an obvious counterclockwise movement before the
corresponding clockwise movement, thereby violating the centuries-old
tradition of ÈdeisealÇ. So far the choreography police seem to have been
unaware of this transgression, but I'm expecting a visit from some guys in
floppy hats and long tartan coats any early morning now that I've run away at
the mouth ...

Anselm
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