Sore Ankles and Calves (was RE: 8x32 strathspeys (was New Recording Requests))

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Norman Dahl wrote:
>
I am a (pretty much) former dancer, who finds any form of technique, let
alone good technique, increasingly difficult by reason of age and health. I
have tried walking, but this removes all the zest in a dance and is
unsatisfactory for both the 'dancer' and the rest of the set.

Therefore, I wonder if it might be possible to devise some set of steps and
movements that -are- bio-mechanically sound, and yet maintain the style and
spirit of SCD. Without the unnatural muscle and joint stresses of today's
SCD, the four minutes to dance a reel or jig, or the eight minutes for a
strathspey, would be much less of a physical challenge. This might be a way
of prolonging a person's dancing life. More controversially, it might also
be a way to ease the learning curve for new dancers, and hence help to
preserve SCD for the future.

I have often wondered how much the more balletic aspects of SCD really have
to do with social dancing; surely the essence of it is the moving
interaction with the other dancers and the music?
>

Well, I was waiting for a flurry of responses to this bit of heresy, but so
far, none. So let me weigh in, to some extent on Norman's side. If the age
range of SCD is greying and we are beginning to agree that the 40+ age
grouping is where the majority of newer members are going to come from, why
indeed dont we allow a parallel set of steps to co-exist next to the formal
RSCDS ones, which, while beautiful to watch, are very difficult to
superimpose on a body mechanism which is no longer flexible at age 40. Let
the young recruits aspire to the balletic aspects of SCD, especially if they
come from the highland dancing fraternity, or through a university club, but
for the person who has finally thrown off the shackles of parenthood and is
looking for a social outlet, a simple set of travelling and setting steps
would be far more friendly to meet than a strict requirement for third
position and turning out the leg at the hip. so without doing away with the
current reuqirements, my vote would go to a parallel set for the second
graders.

Campbell Tyler
Cape Town

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