Dancing in hard shoes,

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Message 6546 · 5 Feb 1997 07:12:29 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In a message dated 97-02-04 18:32:39 EST, Martin Mulligan wrote:

<< the Examinations Committee have suggested
that "the Society should teach how to dance in a heeled shoe" and
that people be allowed to dance in heeled shoes at Summer School. Is
there a move away from an insistence on ghillies? >>

The Royal Family, and some of the Scottish nobility, have _always_ danced in
hard shoes. I take this occasion to refer you back to a point I made a short
while back about "The Princesses' shoes tearing their silk stockings" and
therefore the change in strathspey travelling and pas de basque steps. (I
don't think there are any ghillies that tear silk stockings...)

One person said privately that he thought I was spoofing in passing along
that story.
I was not. In the upper classes in Britain there is an almost "honorable"
tradition in dancing in hard soled shoes. When they dance in their "gliding"
style, hard sole shoes work just fine.

I have no other knowledge of the intention or direction of the RSCDS
Committee...

Ken McFarland

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