Best Set in the Hall ~ local custom which I wonder whether occurs elsewhere

James Mungall

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Well our group tends to set much further apart than is usually considered "correct." I worry getting too close because I have stepped on people's heels in this very dance. Perhaps taking hands back to back would create a problem of being too close.....

James Mungall

--- On Mon, 10/20/08, Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx <Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> wrote:

> From: Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx <Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx>
> Subject: Re: Best Set in the Hall ~ local custom which I wonder whether occurs elsewhere
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> Date: Monday, October 20, 2008, 11:55 AM
> In a message dated 10/19/2008 3:52:58 P.M. Pacific Daylight
> Time,
> xxx_xxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx writes:
>
> We've never taken hands like that when dancing
> "Best Set in the Hall" or any
> other back-to-back setting figure. I suppose it aids in
> helping remind
> people to cast around their partner and it does maintain
> good distance between
> back-to-back partners. The casting bit is the hard part
> after all. If this
> helps make the dance easier for some people and it still
> looks good, well
> then I really don't see the variant as a problem.
>
> James Mungall
> Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Actually taking hands in this manner has the opposite
> effect of
> "maintain[ing] good distance" between those
> setting back to back (assuming that what
> James meant was maintaining space and keeping them from
> getting too close).
> While setting thusly in the standard manner often finds
> those setting some
> distance apart, sometime farther than they should be
> optimally, taking hands in
> this manner (arms straight down) keeps those who are
> setting quite close
> together. (It's possible though that "maintain
> good distance" was meant to meant
> precisely that and that I have mistakenly inferred the
> opposite!)
>
> Robb
>
>
>
>
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