Basket (more questions)

Courtney Cartwright

Message 9575 · 11 Nov 1997 07:54:54 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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At 08:46 PM 11/10/97 +0100, Martin Shefield wrote:
>I have alwyas regarded the basket as a an anglo/american dance figure.
>>From behind my asbestos shield, I'll add:
> Cumberland Square Eight must have come from south of the Border.
>
>When was it adopted by the Scots ceilidh dancers?
>And what sort of step would they use for the other figures?
Well, I can't answer THAT question, but I do know that a number of the
Lancers sets had baskets in them... Normally the men joined hands behind
the ladies backs on either side of them and the ladies either placed their
hands on the neighouring men's shoulders or the ladies joined hands behind
the men's necks across the shoulder blades. Usually a propelled turn type
step was used, sort of like that used in a square dance swing.

To take this even farther afield, when I was performing Hungarian folk
dancing, we did a dance that had us form a basket as described above, with
the ladies hands on the men's shoulders. We'd get up some speed and the
ladies would place
their hands behind their own heads and spin in the opposite direction from
the moving circle to land on the other side of the man to her right (if the
basket was moving to the left). Talk about FUN!! But the men had to watch
for flying elbows.

Courtney Cartwright
Tucson, Arizona USA
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