Not SCD question but Old Time Dance

Robert Lambie

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I can't see why Old Time dances have suddenly become Scottish. Old Time, or Sequence dances, have been around for a long time, and have no need of rebranding, or stealing by the Scots! I think the English would have justifyable complaints if this occurs.> From: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 12:10:10 +0000> Subject: Re: Not SCD question but Old Time Dance> > Most so called Old Time dances (which I think nowadays is better described as Scottish Social dancing) include a > mixture of simple ceilidh, SCD (only Reels and Jigs and usually walked rhythmically)and a higher proportion of > sequence dances including modern waltzes and sometimes sequence Latin. In the NE of Scotland the programmes almost > always include sets of Quadrilles (usually "The Quadrilles" Lancers or Caledonians)> Here is a list of some of the dances that have appeared on programmes of "Old Time" dances I have attended over the last > few years you are probably aware of the popular "ceilidh" and SCD dances and so I have not listed them here:> > Waltzes (OT)(3/4, tempo ca 40-44 bpm)> Pride of Erin, La Veleta, Lomond Waltz, Waltz of the Bells, New Kilarney Waltz, Victory Waltz, Southern Rose Waltz, St > Bernard's Waltz, Lilac Waltz> Waltzes (modern style)(3/4, tempo ca 30 bpm)Waltz Catherine, Sweetheart Waltz, Emmerdale Waltz> > Quicksteps, Swings (4/4, tempo ca 48-50 bpm)> Mayfair, Chicago Swing, Billy-Jean Swing, Jazz Twinkle, Viennese Swing, Ragtime Swing. > > Tangos (2/4, tempo 30-34 bpm)> Royal Empress, Midnight Tango, Tango Serida, Square Tango> > Foxtrots, Saunters, and Blues (4/4, Tempo ca 28-32 bpm)> Harry Lime Foxtrot, Red Rose Saunter, Yearning Saunter, Manhattan Blues, Breakaway Blues, Balmoral Blues> > Latin and Jive (4/4, tempo 28-32 bpm)> Sally-Ann Cha Cha, Rumba Rosalie, Rumba One, Valentine Jive> > Twosteps (6/8 or 2/4 tempo ca 44-56 bpm) > Flirtation Twostep, Boston Twostep, Southern Twostep> > The list is not exhaustive but I hope it will give ou a flavour of what can appear on Scottish Social Dance programmes. Most > of the current Scottish dance bands have published CDs with a selection of the above types of dances and listening to a > few of these would , I'm sure be helpful.> > Alan Macpherson> > On Fri, 23 Nov 2007 22:12:45 +0000 (GMT), RODERICK JOHNSTON wrote:> > >I have been asked to play for a local Scottish Old Time dance but I am finding it difficult obtaining information on some of > the dances. Many are Ceilidh or SC dances but some are a little strange e.g. a Tango Waltz which is actually a 4/4 piece, > slow tango tempo. Is anyone aware of a list of popular old time dances with information such as time signature, style, > tempo, number of bars etc.> > > > Rod Johnston,> > Fort William > > > > > > >
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