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.
Beavercreek, OH, USA
-----Original Message----- >From: mlamontbrown <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Sent: May 31, 2010 5:13 AM >To: email@example.com >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) > >