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  • Iain Boyd

    Iain Boyd March 25, 2006, 2:10 a.m. (Message 44876)

    Re: Two Chords - from a deviser's point of view

    Charles Upton wrote - 
       
      If we have a live band I check with the band that the dance will be
      preceded by 2 chords and that if a encore is needed, it will be
      preceded by 1 chord. If this is agreed then I don't have to make any
      statement whatsoever as this is the norm.
    
       
      Unfortunately, two chords for dances where 3rd and 4th couples or
      2nd and 4th couples or (occasionally) 1st and 3rd couples cross over
      before beginning is, in my mind, not the norm.
       
      It is a custom that was introduced by John Drewry and which has been
      taken up by some other devisers who have devised similar dances.
       
      When I have devised dances of this sort I have provided a diagram or
      instructions specifying the 'starting positions'.
       
      I do not like two chords for positioning purposes and do not specify
      them in the instructions for my dances and would prefer that two
      chords not be used.
       
      However, local custom will often prevail.
       
      Regards,
       
      Iain Boyd
       
    
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