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Andrea Re

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Anselm Lingnau ha scritto:
> Andrea Re wrote:
>
>
>> actually I have a problem with "hands across": "across" is very similar
>> to "cross", so when I say to my beginners "right hand across", they tend
>> to cross by the right hand,
>>
>
> This is why you should teach them that it is either »CROSS right hand« or
> else »RIGHT hands across« :^)
>
Believe you me, this is what I do, but quite often they find it confusing.
I do say "cross by the right hand" and "Right hand across", but if you
have never heard the expressions before and you have them both in the
same dance, chances are you are going to get mixed up, especially if you
do not have time to think.
Also beginners don't seem to like the phrase: "hands across"; no sooner
do they realize what I mean they talk amongst each other and say "aahhh,
a wheel!!"

Obviously this is not rocket science and no real harm is going to come
from it, but, like in wheels and reels, maybe a better way of wording it
could have been selected.
> I usually try to put a big emphasis on the terms in caps above. Not being in
> the fortunate position of having a class musician around, I frequently find
> myself having to count out formations, and, e.g., the first bars of Hooper's
> Jig might come out something like
>
> REA-dy---AAAND-ONE-two-three-and-TWO-two-three-CAST-
> THREE-two-three-and-RIGHT-hands-ACROSS (tactical pause)
> FIVE-two-three-and-SIX-two-three-and-
> SEVEN-two-three-and-EIGHT-two-three-CROSS- ...
>
> so the stresses (in caps) give the rhythm and also serve to differentiate
> between the various formations. I make a point of never saying things
> like »right hand cross« to avoid confusion.
>
Hhmmm, I have to say I cannot help saying "Cross right", particularly
when I am coaching.

I would say that when you say cross, people seem to cross, but when you
have to do "hands Across", at times they cross all the same:(

Andrea (fae Dundee)

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