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  • simon scott

    simon scott March 25, 2006, 3:01 a.m. (Message 44877)

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

     
      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
    
    
    I completely agree with Iain and I'd go as far as to say that if dancers
    originally stand on the traditional side of the set in such dances they
    are in fact in the "wrong" or "inappropriate" place.
    
    Simon
    
       
    
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