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.....
--- 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: email@example.com > Date: Monday, October 20, 2008, 11:55 AM > In a message dated 10/19/2008 3:52:58 P.M. Pacific Daylight > Time, > firstname.lastname@example.org 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 > > > > > **************New MapQuest Local shows what's happening > at your destination. > Dining, Movies, Events, News & more. Try it out > (http://local.mapquest.com/?ncid=emlcntnew00000002)
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