Following on from recent mails about what was to be
The instructions for several dances are specific in stating
hands should not be taken, for example in crossing down.
Whenever I dance these dances I try to adhere to the
instructions, if I know them. Otherwise I like to take
hands freely, for example when dancing figure of eight round
the couple above. Indeed I am sure I have been taught this
(though I am coming to recognise that events of which I am
sure may never have happened at all).
I am now told that taking hands in such cases is wrong. Can
anyone cite authority for such a ruling? If pressed, I
would mutter about Miss M advising to take hands whenever it
is helpful to your partner, though I couldn't say when,
where or even if she ever said that. My own view is that
the practice is helpful to a beginner and a pleasant
courtesy at the least.
Harrogate Saltire Scottish Country Dance Club