I also understood that the army had quite a cu;lture of dance going on,
which resulted in Highland dance being continued as well as country dancing.
I guess that the style of the "County set" owes quite a bit to that, though
to me it looks very 1920 period. These, plus the dancing masters such as
Dancie Reid and the guy who taught the Queen mother, were still teaching
country dancing in Scotland when JCM was trying to gather together what was
to be gathered. I doubt if anyone thought of it as specifically Scottish,
more just the local accent or way of doing things. But there was still quite
a bit of activity to work with, so reconstruction was hardly necessary. Kiss
of life, perhaps!
>From: Richard Goss <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Reply-To: SCD news and discussion <email@example.com> >To: SCD news and discussion <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Subject: Re: 9/8 vs 6/8 >Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 23:36:51 -0700 (PDT) > >Miss M, "lot of her information from Dancie Reid" > >I also heard that rumor. Unfortunately there seems to be no documentation >as to what information and where it went in our dancing. What is documented >to some extent is that all of the dances in the first three books, were >already in print and circulating outside the society. The difference being >that our first books, were also the bulletin and hand book, so we were able >to put our stamp on what followed. Where it specificly came from before >book one is anyone´s guess. As to the later dances they were simply >reconstructed from dance books found in libraries and private collections. > >The problem with RSCDS footnotes, as it used to say if one read the fine >print, is that they are not footnotes, only the earliest known reference to >a dance of that name, but not specificly the dance that we published. > >As to Miss M´s pre Book I expertise, note that in the famous precurser, the >Beltain Society (reference to McFadzean´s "house" bio of Miss M, all of the >dances performed were already revived by the EFDSS and are still part of >their rep. > >It was not until several books into our series that we invented something >called "Scottish Country Dancing", our original definition was "country >dances as danced in Scotland". Miss M, and the society, created a border >between the country dancing of Scotland and England, that had not existed >previously. Even most of the Scottish music that we now use, was first >published in London (majority of Gow, Bremner, etc.). In the various >sources, most of the dancing masters came from the south or the continent. >When it comes to a lot of the Highland material, its source can be traced >back to Belgium. >_______________________________________________ >http://strathspey.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/strathspey