dogma from Miss M and others, was step controversy

Ian Brown

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Following on from recent mails about what was to be
considered "wrong".


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.


Ian Brown
Harrogate Saltire Scottish Country Dance Club


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