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Pia Walker

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It is all in the interpretation - to me it is an choreographed art-form,
just as Swan Lake is. Swan-lake would not be Swan-lake if it hadn't been
annotated and the dancers told what to do, by first the choreographer and
now many years after, the dance director. In a contemporary piece of
dance it is the same - somebody has made up the dance and will tell the
dancer where to go.

All dance styles have cetain movements which you are taught and can then
'glue' together to make a dance. Traditional dancing in all countries
presumably have certain dances with names - they have been made up and have
been danced the same way for many years - to tell people about something.

Pia
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alasdair Graham" <xxxxxxxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx>
To: "SCD news and discussion" <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 7:00 PM
Subject: Re: Reply so far

> Pia,
> Do you subscribe to the 'Dance On' magazine?
> There was a two page article in the October issue where Findlay Forbes
> explored the thought 'Whether Scottish Country Dancing was Art'. You
> might get some answers there.
>
> He explores whether SCD is an 'Art Form' that allows for creativity and a
> certain degree of interpretation of the instructions or a 'Game' where
> participants must do things by the book or risk censure for breaking the
> rules.
>
> He points out that where regulation is omnipresent and still growing, very
> few people are likely to seek out a pastime that offers nothing but more
> rules and regulations.
>
> He goes on....... Should it continue in its present comfortable, dull but
> ultimately moribund sporting and recreational existence or should it live
> dangerously by aspiring to the condition of an art form?
>
> Alasdair Graham
> Dumbarton, Scotland.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Pia Walker" <xxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx>
> To: "SCD news and discussion" <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 6:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Reply so far
>
>
> > Can I just say in defence of the Scotsman article, that something over
> > here
> > has got to somehow change - that the underlying thought and belief that
> > SCD
> > is for older people is quite dominant here. Yes in the last couple of
> > years RSCDS has changed from within, but it will still take some time
> > before
> > this change reach the general public. And it will only change if RSCDS
and
> > its members do not hesitate to highlight the fact.
> >
> > Perhaps we are doing our bit to help this new innovative thought process
> > by
> > sending in the article - yes I think we all know that it may not be
> > published, and yes it may be edited. Perhaps it will inform someone in
> > the
> > press core that SCD is danced by many different people. That Scotland
> > should start supporting all its cultural endeavors not just a chosen
few.
> >
> > Pia
> >
> >
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