> >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.
You don't need to dance as the RSCDS dictates except when in RSCDS circles, when of course it is de rigeur. Indeed for historical accuracy it is often necessary to deviate. The RSCDS is after all a very young society*, something that people are apt to forget because of its enormous (and largely beneficial) influence. SCD is traditional and traditions invariably have variations. If it's fun and won't destroy the dance, then deviate. That's my habit anyway. :-) Chances are that if it's an old dance, somebody will have thought of and danced that variation before the RSCDS was founded, and if it's a new dance, why should the tradition of making up variations be stopped?
That said, I personally do generally prefer matching feet in the pousette for precisely the reasons given by the last poster. Deviate but don't force the standard to change. That would be unkind to the rest of us! :-)
* The society where I learnt to dance is a little less than three times as old as the RSCDS.