SCD is challenging, not fun

Robert Lambie

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Anselm writes that our (RSDCS) repertoire in SCD is vast. OK, so where are the 9/8, 3/2, 3/4, and Minuet tempos? Our repertoire had these in it in the 18th Century, when it wasn't either S or E, but just Country Dancing. At least the EFDSS hasn't dumbed down the repertoire, and admit all the published dances, whenever they were published. Why we admit some Playfords and not others, I cannot fathom, and when we make an interpretation that is later proved to be wrong, we stick with the strange version as though it were holy writ. Red House is rather good if you read the original instructions, and do the reels across the top (ie first place), so that the final instruction can be followed - " and so cast off into the second couple's place". The 18th C dancing masters were very good choreogaphers, though they could be annoyingly brief in their instructions.
I miss the 3/2 dances particularly, when I go to Scottish dances, and I also miss the Highland dances that were on every Satuday night SCD programme when I was a boy, ( the foursome and the eightsome, and sometimes the Axum.)
There may be a lot of dances now, but the variety has reduced to S, R, and J - haggis, neeps and tatties. I want the full Monty in my diet.> From: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 22:13:06 +0200> Subject: Re: SCD is challenging, not fun> > Peter Price wrote:> > > My personal view is that SCD is and should be challenging and that is what> > makes it fun for me.> > I think SCD is just as challenging OR fun as one wants to make it. We are in > the fortunate position of commanding a repertoire that ranges from The Dhoon > and The Cumberland Reel to Belhaven and Macleod of Dunvegan, for an audience > of all ages and abilities, and fun can be had at any level. What I think is > great about SCD is that, properly presented, the fun and challenge go along > with each other and (potentially) never stop, no matter how long you've been > at it.> > With SCD, everybody can find their own »level of comfort« and decide how much > energy they want to invest in proceeding further; one person's idea of > fun/challenge is being able to muddle through most dances of the typical > social event in their area without having to attend a weekly class, while > someone else enjoys doing the Waverley Fugues with perfect covering and > phrasing. There's nothing wrong with either. Besides, you don't have to be > looking for the same sort of fun every time you go dancing.> > Anselm> -- > Anselm Lingnau, Friedberg, Germany ..................... xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> If these guys at the weekend really were anything to do with al-Qaeda, all one> can really say is that it looks as though the War on Terror is won.> -- Lewis Page, on the 29/6/07 terrorist attack attempts in the UK
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