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-
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.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
-- George Eliot
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 > >