Improve our Terminology?

Hamish Dewar

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Hi Heiko,

Bang to rights, yes I tend to be something of a nitpicker.
It's always meant in good humour, which is difficult to convey in email if
you can't do smileys. I usually try to include some constructive suggestions
too.

Regarding Polharrow Burn and similar dances, not only do you need to think
in terms of corner positions not corner people. You need to realise that the
inner corner positions (sounds like a contradiction in terms) are both 1st
corner and 2nd corner positions. Once you have grasped that, the Burn flows
freely.
I find it helpful when teaching the dance to give the rule of thumb:
If you are at an inner corner position, you are dancing the next half-reel.
If you reach an outer corner position; you are not.
Standing still is one of the most difficult SCD movements to learn.

I quite agree with you that in some 3 couple dances, it is better if the
corners form a square. The rectangular formation is natural if you have 3
people on each side. But in many dances, the dancing couple are AWOL a lot
of the time, cavorting around in the middle/centre of the set.
Not only Set-and-Link-for-Three but Double-Triangles-All-round work better
with corners on a square, unless you have telescopic arms.

Hamish.

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