Gay Gordons

Martin Mulligan

Message 9132 · 1 Oct 1997 03:56:41 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I have not seen mention of one other variation of Gay Gordons which
took me by surprise when I moved from Boston to Pittsburgh many years
ago. The tradition then in Pittsburgh was to dance skip change of
step instead of walking during the first 8 bars. Exhausting! I
cannot now remember, though, whether one changed direction to dance
backwards during those 8 bars.

Here in St. John's, Noreen McLennan has mentioned the variation which
sounds very much like the one that Jeanetta prefers. I think that I
have thought of it as a sort of two step. It works just fine and is
in many ways preferable when teaching beginners - the couple rotates
in a much more controlled fashion which our new dancers find less
confusing.

Martin Mulligan
St. John's (Newfoundland)
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