Corner positions - straw poll

Monica Pollard

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Here I am on the western side of the pond, and I prefer partner's 1st
corner *position*. Yes, that's wordy, and I can see the point of 3rd
& 4th - I'm just not used to using those names. My brain works
primarily with spatial references when I dance, and so of course I am
biased towards that.

I tell my dancers they shouldn't rely on remembering where a
particular person is supposed to be to help them find where *they*
should be during a dance. Relying on other dancers rather than
yourself to get through a dance is asking for trouble. If someone
else makes a mistake, where are you then? Better to understand the
shapes of the figures and know where you're going *next*. If you need
to be heading INTO the set at the end of a reel, that can help you
recall whether it should be left or right shoulder. Mr Goss may not
recall teaching us this in our Prelim class, but it has helped me ever
since :-).

Cribs are problematic, and it's always interesting to figure out just
what the person who put them together was thinking. There do seem to
be regional differences.

When I'm explaining a dance in class, I try to avoid using the words
left and right if I can. Beginners have so much trouble with their
own body orientation, that saying up, down, inside, or outside seems
much easier for them.

But I digress from the original question...better get back to work :-)

Monica Pollard
Boise, ID

On Feb 13, 2008 8:34 AM, Martin Sheffield <xx.xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xx> wrote:
>
> Le 13 févr. 08 à 15h20, Michael Mudrey a écrit :
>
> > In ECD I have started to use
> >
> > Right Corner and Left Corner.
>
> Quite logical, quite clear, eaasy to say, easy to understand...
>
> except that it is just adding to the intellectual overload of all
> those dancers who have to look at their hands to remember which is R
> and which is L, poor souls.
>
> ;-)
> Martin
>
>
>

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