Frequent dances 2012

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The International Branch website (www.rscds-ib.org) is up again and they
have published my recent set of lists, based on the 1000 dance programs that
I have captured from round the world. I have added two new lists to the
set, which now contains 13 lists. One is the top 50 most frequent dances in
Europe and the other is a comparison of the positions of dances between
regions. I have shown any dance that appears in the top 10 of any one
region and compared their relative frequency across the five major regions
(Scotland, England, USA, Australia and Europe) (Sorry Canada, New Zealand,
Japan and South Africa, I still have not received enough dances from these
areas to make a comparison meaningful.) Some of the interesting (well for
me anyway) things that appear from this list are:

* Montgomeries Rant is the most consistently featured dance on
programmes anywhere, appearing on every 5th programme I receive. Amazing!
There is no significant regional variation.
* Mairis Wedding is universally flogged to death everywhere but in the
USA where it is a modest 34th
* Pelorus Jack likewise is not nearly as frequent in Europe as
everywhere else
* Minister on the Loch doesnt cut it much in Scotland
* They love Dream Catcher in the UK but the rest of the world finds
it a big yawn.
* Hey Europe, have you heard of Bratach Bana?
* England has yet to Catch the Wind, but have a peculiar penchant,
shared by no one else, for Belle of Bon Accord
* Australis gives Laird of Milton's Daughter a ranking of 3, the rest
of the world 44 or lower.
* And of course, Blue Bonnets is peculiar to the USA.
* In general, Europe likes different dances to the rest of the world
(though this may be due to the smaller sample)

When comparing the first 500 dances chronologically to the last 500, the
"new" dances that are coming up fast are Capital Jig, City of Belfast, The
Homecoming, Best Set in the Hall, Scott Meikle (the last two having
languished before being given stardom through Book 46), A real anomaly is
Birks of Invermay, which although an old dance, seems to be getting a strong
revival around the world. I am glad to see Cranberry Tart and Asilomar
Romantic moving up strongly.

I hope that these lists give some people as much pleasure I get compiling
them. Again, I would encourage anyone who feels so inclined to become a
contributor. All you need to do is submit the programme of dances you
attend or know about. I just need to know the date and the name of the club
that organises it. The number of dancers that attend is a nice extra but by
no means essential. If you can represent an area that would be just great.
Please email me off list. For those of you who are staunchly supportive (I
now have programmes from 312 different clubs but sadly some of them are just
one offs. Please do keep them coming!

Campbell Tyler
Cape Town

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