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Message 18964 · Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov · 22 Oct 1999 00:18:22 · Top

A question for those with a deeper understanding of dance music than I
have:

When devising a new dance in quicktime, what factors would make you
inclined to designate the dance a reel versus a jig? (This is assuming
you didn't already have a specific tune in mind when you devised it.)

--Lara Friedman-Shedlov
Minneapolis, MN

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Message 18966 · Norah Link · 22 Oct 1999 00:45:03 · Top

>>> <strathspey-request@tm.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de> 21/10/99 04:18 pm >>>
A question for those with a deeper understanding of dance music than I
have:

When devising a new dance in quicktime, what factors would make you
inclined to designate the dance a reel versus a jig? (This is assuming
you didn't already have a specific tune in mind when you devised it.)
<<<

Okay, this is a very personal response. I wouldn't say I have a deep
understanding of the music, but ... basically ... How I envision the flow or
character of the movements within the structure of the dance, which to me is
communicated from a combination of rhythm (mostly) and major or minor key. The
easy answer is lilting (jig) vs. driving (reel) but it actually goes well beyond
that when you start thinking about sub-classes like hornpipes, Scotch measures,
songs, rants, 6/8 marches, "single" jigs. Put on a bunch of different jigs and a
bunch of different reels and see how they affect your steps when you're just
dancing around on your own. I think you will find that in general to reels you
are dancing in a straight line with fairly constant momentum and power, whereas in
general to jigs you will get more variation with vertical or side-to-side or
"swingy" movement. So what kind of game were you playing with the other dancers
in your head when you devised the dance?

As someone here at work says... "my rules" ...

Norah

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Message 18971 · Richard L. Walker · 22 Oct 1999 01:17:51 · Top

Terrific question (for which I do not have an answer). I would let the
music do the talkin' myself -- and build the dance around it -- pick what
you like. I'm just as certain that others would devise a dance and select
music as an after thought. It works either way. Gee, this question could
really get philosophical (assuming I could even spell that word).

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Message 18974 · SMiskoe · 22 Oct 1999 02:24:04 · Top

Take the dance and try it to a lot of different tunes.
Try the dance to a tune you just love.
Have different musicians play the dance, ie fiddle, accordion, piano, with
different tunes.
Whatever works the best, then that will be the tune/meter for the dance.
There are tunes that wait years before a dance fits them, and the other way
around. The perfect match is a dance that is structured in the same way that
the tune flows, ie Petronella and Davy Davy Knick Knack.
Cheers,
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

Recovery

Message 18990 · Martin.Sheffield · 23 Oct 1999 13:37:57 · Top

So it looks as if the list has recovered from its shock of a month ago and
is getting back to its usual talkative self.

I'm so pleased. It's good to hear from you all again.
Martin,
in Grenoble, France.

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