Improve our Terminology?

Rod Downey

Message 61230 · 21 Jul 2011 01:45:32 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi Heiko,

I have always heard of the ``gypsy (turn)'' as being to dance
as per a right hand turn around with partner but without hands.

The first example of a half turn and twirl I am aware of is Alec Hay,
and his were always two hands to my knowledge. I don't have my
books here in Singapore and so can't recall the dances....Iain(?).

(By the way, Alex Hay also had set and link long ago.)

rod

On Thu, 21 Jul 2011, Heiko Schmidt wrote:

> Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:13:33 +0200
> From: Heiko Schmidt <xxxxx.xxxxxxx@xxxxxx.xx.xx>
> Reply-To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
> Subject: Re: Improve our Terminology?
>
> On 20.7.11 23:42 , Kate Gaertner wrote:
>> The action you describe below:
>>> 4. "Half turn partner and face partner close by, and cast out to the
>>> sideline". Sometimes called "Argyll turn", but we know it is better
>>> not to name a formation by a dance.
>> We call it "half turn and twirl" - though it doesn't exactly describe the
>> actual movement involved - when done with the right hand, each partner
>> pulling back right shoulder to cast. I would not use that phrase to
>> describe a situation where both partners cast up (mirroring each other) or
>> down. And haven't encountered a L-hand, L-shoulder cast, version. Yet.
>
> John Drewry used the name "half-turn and a twirl" in a number of dances (e.g.
> in Greenburn Book 3 and New Dances 2003).
>
> I also have heard the term "Gypsy turn" for this movement.
>
> Does anyone know whether Argyll Strathspey by Roy Goldring is the first
> description of this movement?
>
> Cheers,
> Heiko
>

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