At 10:41 PM +0100 6/22/08, Robert Lambie wrote: >People don't do the unusual dance tempos because they have never >danced them. What they have never met they are wary of trying.
There's an implicit assumption here that they (whoever "they" are)
*ought* to be interested in doing unusual tempos, or at least
shouldn't try to avoid them. Why? Perhaps they, gosh, *like* what
they're doing the way it is.
> I recall JCM trying to get us to dance a triple time dance - and >failing to interest us at all. The different tempos take quite a bit >of getting used to, as any beginners class could testify on meeting >strathspey for the first time. >I think that the problem lies in the teaching of the RSCDS teachers; >that they have no background to the development of Country Dancing. >They learn RSCDS technique and theory in a vacuum.
I've danced Irish country dance, English country dance, American
square dancing, American contra dancing, Scandinavian couples and set
dances, and Israeli, Balkan, and Greek folk dance. Careful with the
And, while I certainly haven't seen all of what those various dance
traditions have to offer, within what I have seen, there was no sign
of anything but 4/4, 6/8, and maybe 3/4, in the Irish, square, and
contra dancing, all of which I consider to be within the same general
category/tradition as SCD.
>I was interested in the historical and theoretical side by Hugh >Foss, and then was told by JCM that he was very dangerous! In those >days any history taught by the Society was myth, and I don't know if >this is still the case or not - though I hope not! If the RSCDS >teachers knew rather more of the wider aspects of their subject, >both in theory and practice, they would be more likely to introduce >their pupils to that which is, was, and probably will become even >more an important part of SCD in the 21st century, the currently >missing part. As I remarked in a previous e-mail, the Americans are >already doing it, John Drewry has got round to trying some waltz >tempo dances, and I know of and have danced a Canadian waltz tempo >demonstation dance - can't remember the name and I am on holiday at >the moment, so can't look it up! > >PS I have deleted as requested, but I found it useful to look and >see what e-mail was being replied to when reading the reply. >_________________________________________________________________ >Great deals on almost anything at eBay.co.uk. Search, bid, find and >win on eBay today! >http://clk.atdmt.com/UKM/go/msnnkmgl0010000004ukm/direct/01/