[DANCE] Dilly Dally

Norman Dahl

Message 45764 · 12 Jul 2006 09:50:51 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Alan,

I have spoken with David, who says that he originally wrote the dance
for three couples in a four-couple set (4 x 48 bars), so that might
be the best way to categorize it. The variations were developed to
cope with "awkward" numbers of couples, say 7, who can be formed into
a three-couple and a four-couple set. In a four-couple set, there is
no more standing around than in any other 3-couple dance in a 4-
couple set.
In a three-couple set, three or four times through (depending on the
music available) is probably enough, but with more couples, 8 x 48
can make the fun last longer.

-norman-
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On 10 Jul 2006, at 17:55, Alan Paterson wrote:

> On 09/07/2006 09:49, Norman Dahl wrote:
>> Hi, all
>> My friend David Le Brocque of the Caledonian Dancers in Brisbane
>> has asked me to "publish" his latest creation on the Strathspey
>> list. It is a versatile 48-bar jig for three couples in either a
>> three couple, four couple, or five couple set. It is called "Dilly
>> Dally; when you try it, you'll appreciate that the title is ironic!
>
> Looks to me like a fun dance. However, I have a problem with the
> statement that it is for a three-, four- or five-couple set. The
> first thing which disturbs me is that I cannot classify it such in
> my database. However, that of course mustn't be a major problem as
> it is just mine.
>
> Where it does disturb me is that, in the 4- and 5-couple variants
> the 4th (and 5th) couples have so little to do (Hands round at the
> last 8 bars). All a bit "Flowers of Edinburgh"-ish.
>
> The other extreme - the 3 couple version eliminates this problem -
> but it would mean more or less non-stop dancing for all 3 couples
> for 48 bars. Pretty tiring! On the other hand, it would probably
> then only be done three times through - so not too bad.
>
> I would rather see a decision made on this, myself. People are well
> used to, due to circumstances, modifying dances for other set
> shapes. The deviser should pick the "best" one.
>
> Alan
>
>

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