simon scott March 30, 2006, 8:50 p.m. (Message 44927)
RE: Angus Macleod- to promenade or not to promenade????????
Hi Marie I'm very sure I'm right in saying that the "together" in this part of Angus MacLeod means "nearer hands joined" rather than promenade. When the two couples have done the arches and under they retain nearer hands as they dance round the corner and then to top or bottom of the set. That is how I've always know it since it came out in 1969. I have never seen or heard of the lead and follow that you mention (even though we are dancing in the same area). Simon Vancouver Hi Everyone Maybe those who danced Angus Macleod when it first came on the dance scene will answer this question. My dance instructions for Angus Macleod are from the GIendarroch Sheets. I do not have the dance book "Dances Of An Island Clan" that Alan Paterson's Dance Data suggests. The Glendarroch Sheets instructions for this dance come with a sheet of diagrams for Angus Macleod. On Bars 59 to 62 it shows in diagram the dancing cpls in Promenade hold ( side by side) In the written instructions it says for these bars: 57-64 With 3rd cpl making an arch and 2nd dancing under it. 2nd dance down and, together, cast up round 4th woman and dance up the middle to the top of the set, while 3rd dance up and, together, cast off round 1st man and dance down the middle to the bottom of the set. After casting, 2nd man and 3rd woman pass left shoulder ( this is where the promenade hold seems to be correct) On 63-64 1st cpl move down and 4th cpl move up. Locally it is danced with one dancer leading and the other following after they have danced under the arch. I taught this dance with the promenade hold as that is what I took from the instructions. Personally I did like the promenade hold, but "When in Rome do as the Romans do" is not a problem for me. That said, where did the promenade hold in the diagram come in, and what does "together " stand for in the written instructions? Yes, I want to get it right and who else better than to ask this question to ,than my favourite group "Strathspey Server". Cheers Marie