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  • Iain Boyd

    Iain Boyd March 15, 2006, 12:10 a.m. (Message 44711)

    Re: Official variations/DANCE: Skye Barbecue

    Dear Ian,
       
      Firstly, let me say that I am surprised that your original dance has
      first couple turning with right hands and dancing a clockwise chase
      each time while second and third couples give right hands then left
      hands.
       
      If I had been devising this dance I would have chosen one of the
      following alternatives -
       
             First couple turn right and chase clockwise both times
             while
             second and third couples give right hands both times
       
      OR
       
             First couple turn right and chase clockwise then turn left and chase 
             counter clockwise
             while
             second and third couples give right hands then left hands.
       
      In my opinion, you should abandon the current unbalanced version and
      adopt one of the two alternatives I have described above as the
      official version rather than providing an alternative official
      version.
       
      In the meantime, a few observations.
       
      I suspect that most dancers will prefer the original movements for
      second and third couples - ie. right then left - as they are
      different.
       
      A number of experienced dancers I know will dislike the original
      movement for first couple - ie. turn right and chase clockwise both
      times - because it is unbalanced compared with second and third
      couples movements and because it does not change direction.
       
      There are several local dancers who will prefer your original
      version for first couple as they have only one speed and not having
      to change direction between the two eight bar phrases will appeal to
      them.
       
      As you have you have not specified the phrasing for first couple, it
      should be comparatively easy for them to turn right (2 or 3) bars
      and chase clockwise (6 or 5 bars) THEN change direction and turn
      left and chase counter clockwise. I do not imagine it being a very
      abrupt change of direction.
       
      I might be able to try out the different versions for you later in the week. 
       
      Regards,
       
      Iain Boyd
      
     
    
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