> The original instructions for The Glens of Angus in Book 23 finished the > spurtle with bars 29-32 as cross over and set. This was found to be less > satisfactory than set and cross over and it was changed (formally, from > memory, in the first edition of the Manual).
Actually, The Golden Wedding Strathspey in Book 33, which AFAIK is the only
other dance in the RSCDS canon that contains the figure, already uses »set and
> Who says the Society is inflexible?
No one here disagrees that the Society is quite flexible if it suits her.
It would be great for the Society not to operate in »Ministry of Truth« mode
when it comes to revising dance descriptions and the Manual. Looking at my
first edition of the Manual I note that the description of the Spurtle does
finish with »set and cross« but there is no note to the effect that it used to
be the other way round in »Glens of Angus«, where the tartan edition of Book
23 is still »current« (as in, never revised) 18 years after the first edition
of the Manual came out.
True, the notes on the dance itself »fix« this by saying »All four couples set
and cross over giving right hand« but again there is no indication that this
is deliberately different from what is in the original dance description. What
would have been wrong with »All four couples set and cross over giving right
hand (NB. We think that this works a lot better than the »cross over giving
right hand and set« in the original, see also page 6.54 for The Spurtle).«?
I've only had time for a very quick glance through the Strategic Plan but the
words »transparency« and »accountability« don't seem to appear in it. I think
it would be a very worthwhile improvement for the Society to keep track of
changes to its published materials in a very visible location -- especially
since the older dance books get revised not every teacher will get around to
buying new editions as they come out and then comparing them side by side to
see what is different. Of course this means a departure from the popular
mindset of »Mommy knows best« but as the Society seems to be willing to take
turns for the better as far as interaction with the membership is concerned,
this would fit right in.
Anselm Lingnau, Friedberg, Germany ..................... email@example.com
Live now. There'll be plenty of time to be dead later. -- Anon.