Change in the Modern World

Oberdan Otto

Message 58816 · 31 May 2010 15:12:49 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I heard Malcolm's explanation many years ago when I was a fledgling
dancer.

When we dance the Poussette, we are directly in front of out partner.
However, when we Waltz, we are in a closed position in which the lady
is slightly offset to the Man's right side, so, if she stepped
forward with her right foot it would go between her partners feet,
not onto his left foot. So it is curious that we kept one part of the
Waltz mechanism (opposite footwork) while throwing away the aspect
that made it work well (partner offset to the right).

However, I must confess that in several decades of dancing, the
number of times my jete has touched my partner's I can count on one
hand. It is a very low probability event, especially if you take into
account that we are directing the jete toward the direction in which
the couple is moving.

Cheers, Oberdan.

On May 31, 2010, at 2:37 AM, Ian & Vicki Brown wrote:

> 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
> often).
>
> In other words, how about a coalition of the right footers
> and the left?
>
> Ian Brown
> Harrogate Saltire Scottish Country Dance Club
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mlamontbrown [mailto:xxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxx.xxx]
> Sent: 31 May 2010 10:13
> 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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