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  • Martin

    Martin Feb. 1, 2006, 9:58 a.m. (Message 44013)

    Re: Scottish Country Dancing VS Scottish Folk Dancing

    I hesitated before writing : " the essence of traditional costumes is that 
    everyone be dressed
    identically"
    as I have obviously not been all round the world, but my limited experience 
    is just that. They are a uniform,  evolving, but leveling. Unlike the 
    costumes of traveling dem groups that need to add variety and colour to 
    please their audiences. Richard's expeerience is different from mine.
    
    I would also add that those "Scots" that wear the kilt have also turned the 
    national garment into something like a folk costume by insisting that it 
    must be worn with certain standardized jackets and accessories. At least the 
    rugby fans wear their kilts with everyday sweaters & t-shirts, just as they 
    would if wearing two-legged garments.
    
    (If you are wondering what is the difference between Scots and "Scots", let 
    me say Richard would probably have used the word "wannabe".  I have a 
    feeling that, across the Atlantic, they are fussier about detail than we are 
    on the eastern side)
    
    Martin,
    in Grenoble, France. 
    
    
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