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

Bruce Herbold

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may I direct your attention to the wonderful world of English Country
Dance, the majority of which exactly matches this desire? And done to
glorious tunes as well? Just listen to a CD of the band Bare
Necessities and you will be transported; and with an SCD background
most of the dances are readily accessible.

But I do also love SCD and its balletic, sometimes, strenuous
qualities and I have not yet given up hope that it will appeal to
people like I was when I was in my 20s. However, I fear that having
multiple fundamental styles on the same dance floor will not yield
very satisfying results for anyone.

Bruce Herbold
San Francisco

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 3:41 AM, Campbell Personal <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xx.xx> wrote:
> 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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