Web notes for obscure dances

Martin.Sheffield

Message 9729 · 26 Nov 1997 19:10:10 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Thank you, Mike, for pointing out that I was indeed referring to the
interpretation of *obscure* dances, not ones with clearly written
indstructions, but dances that may become neglected because we are all so
afraid of doing the "wrong" thing.

Are not a large number of RSCDS-published dances the interpretations of
the publications committees, the meaning of old manuscripts being even more
obscure than some more recent descriptions? And did not these same
committees not adapt dances that they found in the dusty corners of
someone's attic? We could say that we are merely following an old tradition
when we "adapt" a dance to our own tastes.

But this is not exactly what I was talking about in my previous message.

I was saying that I thought it could be interesting and useful to have a
repository of comments and suggestions about the strong or weak points of a
dance, and helpful hints about ways to perform dances where doubts may
arise about the exact meaning of written instructions.

My use of "Munro Rant" as an example was not to say "This is the best and
only way to do the dance." It was just an example. Take it to mean: "If you
have done dance XYZ and didn't like it much, you could try it another
way."
Or simply "Have you tried dance ZYX? It's a nice one."
A valid suggesion both for old forgotten dances and for new and
little-known ones.

Mind you, Helen was quite right in assuming that I am the opinionated sort
of person who thinks he is the sole possessor of the one Truth. I do indeed
think there are a whole lot of dances that could be improved, but that was
not my point.

I promise, if ever the web notes page comes into existence, I will not use
it to become the 21st centrury's Miss M.
Rather, I am very keen to know other people's opinions and suggestions, and
will consult far more than I will write.

But will there ever be a page to consult?

Martin in Grenoble.
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