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  • Alasdair Graham

    Alasdair Graham March 25, 2006, 10:19 a.m. (Message 44878)

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

    At all the dances I have attended in Scotland TWO chords ARE the norm for 
    the start of such dances and only ONE chord for the encore.  The reason 
    being that the second time through the dancers are already in the correct 
    position.
    This applies whether a live band is playing or CD's are being used.
    I would agree with Charles on this one and it would appear Scotland has 
    "wonderful dancers" too.
    
    The same applies to the ceilidh dance scene here when they are dancing the 
    set dances.  At ceilidh dances the band usually act as MC and if they forget 
    the second chord on the first playing the dancers just don't start dancing.
    
    Alasdair Graham
    Dumbarton, Scotland
    
    
    >  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.
    >
    >  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.
    >
    >  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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