Country Dance in 3/2 (was Re: SCD is challenging, not fun)

Robert Lambie

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I have been saying for some time now that the Americans will be taking the lead in driving SCD forwards, as here in Scotland we are both dumbing down and geting old. I have bought wonderful books by Kate Van Wnkle Keller on 18th C dancing - Colonial Period if you are American - and they really set the pace. I think that you are leading the way - keep it up.> From: xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xxx> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:17:26 -0700> Subject: Country Dance in 3/2 (was Re: SCD is challenging, not fun)> > > Good morning all,> > I've been chuckling to myself as I've been reading this thread. In point of fact, I did write a dance that recommends 3/2 hornpipes as tunes, though it could easily be done to tunes in 3 (e.g. 9/8 or 3/4). It is called The Occidental Ceilidh and is available on the San Francisco Branch website. > > http://www.rscds-sf.org/resources/> > The dance was written to honor Ron Wallace and Gary Thomas who both dance SCD and ECD. The dance was intended to be equally successful using an ECD-style walking step or an SCD-style running step. My personal opinion is that it works better as a walking dance to the 3/2 tunes. I had originally identified it as a 9/8 dance but Ron played a variety of tunes in different rhythms and we both agreed on the 3/2 as the best fit. Can I just say how wonderful it was to have a musician (and dancer) to work with to find the right sort of tune and tempo. Kudos to all of the musicians out there!> > Cheers,> Tim Wilson> San Francisco, CA USA> > P.S. And yes, Steve, I had some of the step dance 9/8 and retreat march tunes running through my head at the time. :-)> > > > From: Xxxxx1Xxxxxx@xxx.xxx> > Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:27:24 -0400> > To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> > Subject: Re: SCD is challenging, not fun> > > > Robert Lambie wrote:> > > > > <snip>> > > Yellow-Haired Laddie spring to mind.) But the RSCDS Manual (or the relevant book) > > does give guidance on the step to use. In spite of that, devisers aren't > > writing dances with these tempos. So what conclusion should we draw? On the > > limited evidence available to me, my hunch is that Scottish country dancers like > > what they've got already, and most would not like more dances with minuet > > steps, or whatever.> > > > And this brings me to a question that - as a dance deviser - I've wanted to > > ask for a long time. What step would you do to a 3/2 hornpipe?> > > > Hoping to be educated about this,> > > > Chris (writing from Bangkok.)> > > > PS Can anyone tell me about SCD in Bangkok? I did look on Ian's website, > > and e-mailed the person listed there, but I got no reply. > > > > > > > > **************Gas prices getting you down? Search AOL Autos for > > fuel-efficient used cars. (http://autos.aol.com/used?ncid=aolaut00050000000007)> > _________________________________________________________________> The i’m Talkathon starts 6/24/08. For now, give amongst yourselves.> http://www.imtalkathon.com?source=TXT_EML_WLH_LearnMore_GiveAmongst
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