SCD is challenging, not fun

Monica Pollard

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A demonstration group I danced with in the Los Angeles area, The
Waverley Dancers (now defunct, I think), was run by Jimmy Lomath. One
demo dance he choreographed for us was a minuet ladies' step dance. I
remember we danced it at the Azusa Highland Games sometime in the
mid-late 1980's. It was a challenge for us, being used to a 4-beat
step, but lots of fun to do something different.

There was a great SCD dance weekend (also in the '80's) in San Diego
where Marjorie McLaughlin taught the older version of Red House,
comparing it to the RSCDS version. Fascinating to do, and an
eye-opener. I'd love to go to more weekend workshops and learn more
historic background on dances, but I haven't seen anything like that
for years.

Monica Pollard
Nampa, ID

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 3:37 PM, Steve Wyrick <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> Minuets, 3/2 hornpipes, slip jigs and so forth still exist in Scottish
> (or Ladies' if you must) Step Dancing. That's part of the reason I
> like fiddling for step dance groups; I get to play some very cool
> music! I agree though that it's too bad we don't still have these in
> our social dancing. When the RSCDS limited us to just a few setting
> and traveling steps they lost a lot of possibilities. -Steve
>
> On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:17 PM, Robert Lambie <xxxxxxxx50@xxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>
>> 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.>
> --
> Steve Wyrick -- Concord, California
>

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