Change in the Modern World

Lee Fuell

Message 58812 · 31 May 2010 14:11:49 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Malcolm,

If I as first man spring backwards with my right, instead of left, foot, and my partner springs forward with her right foot, there is a risk that her right foot will land on my left (supporting) foot, which IMO would create more of a risk of a stumble or fall than intersecting jetes. By both dancers starting on their "top" foot, this is avoided.

Plus, I find it very visually appealing to watch four good dancers dance a quick-time pousette in rhythm with their feet mirroring each other.

Lee

Beavercreek, OH, USA

-----Original Message-----
>From: mlamontbrown <xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
>Sent: May 31, 2010 5:13 AM
>To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
>Subject: Change in the Modern World
>
>While I was in Russia recently a teacher of one of the groups asked me about the
>quick-time poussette.
>
>It started off with a question about whether the man needed to start on his left
>foot.
>
>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
>couple.
>
>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.
>
>I must say I found that rather disturbing.
>
>Malcolm
>
>Malcolm L Brown
>York (UK)
>
>

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