Do dancers listen to the music? (was Re: Number of Tunes in a Set & Specified Recordings)

Bruce Herbold

Message 55369 · 22 Mar 2009 19:46:01 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Yes, I was at a class where the teacher used a recording of an 8x24 bar jig
for an 8x32 dance and they blithely explained to me that they always had to
repeat some music for the last couple when they did that dance. I took that
experience back to the teacher training class I was co-teaching at the time
and was delighted to see that it brought the room of experienced dancers,
who all wanted to be teachers, to a complete standstill.

Bruce Herbold
San Francisco

On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM, Sophie Rickebusch <
xxxxxx.xxxxxxxxxx@x2.xx.xx> wrote:

> If you want to see how many dancers are actually paying attention, try
> changing tunes 8 bars early (or wait for the next time it happens
> accidentally) and check the expressions on the dancers faces... many will
> blithely continue dancing, but some (teachers, musicians...) will definitely
> start looking puzzled/worried and you might hear a whispered "isn't the
> music 8 bars out?"
>
> Sophie
>
> Steve Johnson wrote:
>
>> Steve Wyrick wrote:
>> ... However thanks to this thread I now realize that RSCDS dancers don't
>> actually pay attention to the music, and I'm free to do whatever I want...
>>
>> [snip]
>>
>> Steve, enjoy doing what you want as a muso though - just don't be
>> surprised
>> when at least some dancers take notice.
>>
>>
>>
> --
> Sophie Rickebusch
> Edinburgh, UK
>
>

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Bruce Herbold

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