Step controversy. Was: John's dance for Roy?

Robert Lambie

Message 53833 · 17 Oct 2008 00:45:53 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I hadn't been following this thread either, but I had been considering the old argument between the two good ladies. It had struck me that Auntie Jean was in a minority of one, as all previous Dancing Masters would have taught two handed turns with travelling step up to the time when Auntie Jean invented the "Milligan" setting step. The original setting step involves a sideways movement which is in the wrong direction for the turn. However, just because it is possible to use a Milligan P-de-b in a turn does not mean that it is the best way.I think of Dr Johnson's hind leg walking dog!
It seems to me that it is not as elegant as a skip change turn, and certainly it involves a more jerky movement, which is why it takes longer. Turning corner, partner, corner, partner with two hand turns is rather more elegant, too, though I enjoy a Cleekit turn, especially in the Duke of Perth. I HATE the RSCDS one handed turns; they are the most inelegant thing I've seen in any form of taught Country dancing, and they are very hard on arthritic hands. They used to teach the cleekit, and they must have changed it in the '70s, though by whom and why this foul deed was done, I do not know.
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