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  • Martin

    Martin Feb. 3, 2006, 1:42 p.m. (Message 44094)

    Re: The Guid Man of Ballangigh

    I remember first learning this as an English c d (a Playford dance, I 
    believe).
    When I announced (called, briefed) it at an SCD event, some alert souls told 
    me I had it all wrong.
    Checked my sources.
    No, my memory had not  let me down.
    But when the Society adopted the dance, it was changed without anyone 
    telling me
    ;-)
    Not to match Scottish style, or anything excusable, just changed.
    
    (details for those interested:
    ECD : 1-4: 1st man leads his pt down, cast back
    5-8: 1st man leads 2nd man across, cast back.
    9-12: 2nd man leads his pt up, cast back.
    13-16:  2nd lady leads 1st lady across, cast back.
    Each dancer (except 1st lady) dances an 8-bar sequence, picking up the 
    person in his right after casting to original place.
    
    SCD : 9-12: (2nd man stands still while) 1st & 2nd ladies dance across, cast 
    back.
    25-28: 4 hands round halfway in 4 bars is hardly typical to SCD, whereas it 
    can be walked wide in ECD.)
    
    And I still prefer the flow of the ECD version.
    
    Martin,
    in Grenoble, France 
          

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