Different/related dance forms, was Re: Circles in palindromes (was RE: Ian Powrie's Farewell)

James Mungall

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Well I feel like comparing competitive Irish dancing would be a closer comparison with competitive Highland dancing rather than SCD.

-James Mungall
Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Monica Pollard <xxxxxxx03@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
Of those three (leaving aside SCD), I think Irish dance has a lot in
common w/ SCD. The set/ceili dances are very social, with as much
mental and physical challenge as any SCD dance. When I was doing
both, I enjoyed them equally, for those reasons.

Certificated Irish dance teachers go through a very rigorous testing
process, and as they become more experienced, they use the Irish dance
"vocabulary" of movements to create new solo steps and choreograph new
set dances for groups.

Although I'm not entirely happy with some of the competitive aspects
of Irish dancing, it is lots of fun to compete as a dancer when the
teachers and judges set a positive tone. When I was doing Irish dance
in the L.A. area, we used to have huge social Ceilis every month or
so, attended by people from 70+ to young children. This was an
opportunity for the older folks to enjoy doing the dances they learned
as children, and for the young ones to see there was more to Irish
dance than competition. It's been a while now since I lived there,
but I hope that kind of thing is still going on.

Monica Pollard
Nampa, ID

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM, Thomas G. Mungall, III
wrote:
> Aye, but these exceptions are not really the same thing. I've been around
> ECD and Contra and Irish, it just doesn't have that same je ne sais quoi of
> Scottish Country Dance.
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> Tom Mungall
> Baton Rouge, La, USA
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