Choosing demo dances

James Mungall

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Well whether fortunately or unfortunately reels are a basis of SCD. I'm not one that supports avoiding reels for demos. I agree that they might be harder to catch/comprehend for the average spectator--but we shouldn't "dumb-down" our selections either. Reels are too much a part of SCD to avoid them for demos entirely (in my opinion anyway.) I understand the symmetry that's attractive to the human eye... Posties is great and Shiftin' Bobbins (though I really dislike dancing it) is also visually interesting. I'm all for picking visually attractive dances for demos but I don't like to disclude reel-based dances.

James Mungall
Baton Rouge, LA, USA

--- On Mon, 6/2/08, Martin Sheffield <xx.xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xx> wrote:

> From: Martin Sheffield <xx.xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xx>
> Subject: Choosing demo dances (Was: dances for 3 cpl sets?)
> To: xxx_xxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx, "SCD news and discussion" <xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
> Date: Monday, June 2, 2008, 12:36 PM
> Le 2 juin 08 à 17:28, James Mungall a écrit :
>
> > I'll second Wendy's suggestion of Flight of
> the Falcon.
>
> For a public performance?
> I'd say that reels of three are among the least
> readable/
> understandable figures for the layman. And while a falcon
> reel well
> executed can be very elegant, I imagine that it must be
> even less
> clear for the average spectator. Straight lines, circles,
> triangles
> are easy on the eye. Promenades, poussettes &
> allemandes should be
> worth watching. Turns (RH/LH or 2H) are fine. Reels,
> however,
> especially when not symmetrical, are a different matter.
> Just think
> how long it takes a beginner dancer to undersand the logic
> of a reel,
> in spite of regular practicing. The spectator sees a reel
> once or
> twice and wonders what on earth we are doing.
>
> Although it is not our main purpose in life, our club was
> asked to
> put on a little show the other day.
> We did Shifting Bobbins and Postie's Jig, for their
> symmetry;
> Wind on Loch, since the timing of the interlocked reels
> allows an
> in&out movement for the whole set, easier to understand
> than an
> ordinart reel;
> Piper & Penguin, for a different formation, with
> understandable
> patterns;
> Johnnie Walker, likewise, plus the change of tempo to wake
> up the
> audience;
> St Martin's Cross, for straight lines symmetry and
> movement.
> Midnight Toil, a 5-cp set (but works as a 3-cp), with the
> two active
> couples echoing each other (covering) .
>
> Sorry, these are not what Monica originally asked for, but
> I think it
> is wise to consider which dances are worth watching and
> why.
> I did not mention the real reason for choosing the above.
> Our dancers
> know them well enough to be relaxed and look as if they are
> enjoying
> the activity. The non-specialist spectator does not care a
> damn
> whether our feet are pointing correctly or whether our
> hands are the
> correct height from the floor. But he can see whether we
> are enjoying
> ourselves or not, and that is what counts.
>
> Martin

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