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  • Iain Boyd

    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
      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
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