Iain Boyd March 31, 2006, 12:54 a.m. (Message 44934)
Re: Angus Macleod- to promenade or not to promenade????????
As Simon has stated, the original diagrams produced by Hugh Foss show dances using nearer hands. On the other hand, Ann Skipper's diagrams show dancers using nearer hands pushed forward which I suspect may be intended to indicate 'leading'. I suggest that the MacLeod Dancers may have changed from 'leading' to using 'promenade' hold after the advantages of 'promenade' hold were realised. However, if one looks carefully at the last diagram in the 'promenade' series in Ann Skipper's publication one will see a straight line joining one of the couples as well as the 'pushed forward' 'nearer hands - possibly suggesting 'promemade' hold (or just careless proofreading?) Iain Boyd firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: As far as I can recall over decades it's been promenade in Southern California. I've also just consulted a member of the "dem" team MacLeod Dancers, which does the dance, not surprisingly, quite often, and have had the same confirmed. As she said, and as my own mind recalls: nearer hands through (or making of course) the arch, then shift to promenade to dance around the standing corners and pass to the opposite sides. I think that the support of the promenade hold is really needed to make that turn around the standing corners, and nearer hands conjures in my mind a peculiar picture of the man dragging the woman around the corner "whip" style, much like the Red Queen dragging Alice and proclaiming: "It takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place. If you want to get someplace else, you have to run twice as fast." In any case, hereabouts definitely promenade hold. Robb Quint Thousand Oaks, CA, USA Send instant messages to your online friends http://au.messenger.yahoo.com