no problem to suit for some of our dancers. They reel straight away !
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De: "RODERICK JOHNSTON" <email@example.com>
Envoyé: Samedi 11 Avril 2009 13h42:25 GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Berne / Rome / Stockholm / Vienne
Objet: Re: The Road to the Isles by James Cosh
Unfortunately the Road to the Isles is , from this week, no longer tortuous and twisty. A straight, new road, now replaces it. Perhaps we now need to change the dance to suit??? just joking
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From: Angus Henry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, 11 April, 2009 5:48:22 AM
Subject: Re: The Road to the Isles by James Cosh
A long time ago! In case you do not get a more authoritative reply, when I taught it I ignored the wrong arrows and taught each reel with the long cross end to end being always from top and bottom and the cross through 2nd place being always on the way up.
1C pass each other on bars 2 &5, 3C on bars 3 & 6, and 2C on bars 4 & 7 (approximately; as you note, sensitive phrasing needed). To assist the phrasing I taught 3C starting with a cast to provide the slight delay need and finishing looping round to complete their figure of eight at the end which gave them sufficient impetus to get out of the way of 2nd couple on their way home to the top, and 1C also completing their figure of eight by dancing down inside 2C as 2C dance up to top.
I cannot remember how I had 1C finishing, but current usage would require them to loop in to 2nd place, which fits well.
Hope this is of some help.
On 11-04-2009, at 8:32, Eddy West wrote:
> I have been looking at this dance today and am puzzled by the figure for the first 8 bars. > At first sight the description is for two diagonal reels of three danced at the same time. > One reel by 1st & 2nd ladies with 3rd man and the other by the other 3 dancers. > > The diagram shows the path for such reels quite clearly but it shows 3rd couple dancing > the track in the opposite direction to the others and the arrows on the paths go in both directions. > > If 3rd couple dance in the direction indicated they will have to take evasive action every couple > of steps, if they dance the same way as everyone else the dance still requires careful phrasing > but the reels would feel more natural. > > Has anyone done the dance? Are there notes from TAC or elsewhere that discuss it? > > Thanks in anticipation > > Eddy West from Auckland NZ > > (as a footnote the dance was danced in 1958 when Mr & Mrs Arthur Miller left for > Dunedin NZ so perhaps NZ's Islands were the isles in this case)