Ah, for the first time, an explanation for the left foot
rule that I can believe.
However, in my view the questioner is quite right, the rule
is perverse. In my experience the possibility of an
intersecting jeté is more than a possibility - it is a
probability. The good news is that if this rule were
dropped then those who prefer to dance with the right foot
first could do so whilst others could carry on with their
left. No-one else in the set would be affected (except the
dancers' partners, who might expect to be kicked less
In other words, how about a coalition of the right footers
and the left?
Harrogate Saltire Scottish Country Dance Club
From: mlamontbrown [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 31 May 2010 10:13
Subject: Change in the Modern World
While I was in Russia recently a teacher of one of the
groups asked me about the
It started off with a question about whether the man needed
to start on his left
This was followed up with the question "why"? I gave the
best answer I could, saying
that I thought it was related to when it was more of a waltz
/ polka around the other
They then asked why, since we were now using pas de basque,
(with the possibility of
an intersecting jeté), we didn't change the rule, - So I
explained that as the
decision had been made so many years ago it would be
impossible to change it.
I think they had trouble with this answer.
It made me realise that it was easier to change a complete
political system in a
country the size of Russia than it was to change a decision
made by the RSCDS about
which foot the man should use to start a poussette.