> ... > I do not really 'get' why John specifies skip-change for the two hand > turns, although it is consistent with his recent dances with > petronella turns using skip-change > ...
Indeed. After all, skip-change is the natural step to use for 2-hand turns,
as Allie* so rightly said. Unfortunately, Allie and Jean+ never saw eye to
eye, so because Allie said skip-change, Jean said pas-de-basque, and most
people seem to have listened to Jean over Allie. So we in Edinburgh are the
only ones to dance it properly.
If you don't believe me that skip-change is natural, try doing Gates of
Edinburgh or set to and turn corners both ways and see which one works
* Miss Allie Anderson, co-founder of the SCDS and Edinburgh Branch
+ Miss Jean Milligan, co-founder of the SCDS and Glasgow Branch
Disclaimer: I wasn't there and never met either of the individuals involved,
so this is a story I have written based on comments from people who did know
the two. Its level of accuracy is unverified...but it does explain why we
do one thing and everyone else does another...
Oh, and apologies if anyone is horrified by the irreverent tone of reference
to these two august personages to whom we have so much to be thankful for.
And apologies to non-native English speakers who found that last sentence