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  • Thomas G. Mungall, III

    Thomas G. Mungall, III June 9, 2006, 4:27 p.m. (Message 45482)

    Regarding Dance Technique and Etiquette

    Regarding dance technique and etiquette -- I attend both Scottish Country
    dance classes and vintage dance classes and I have been presented with a
    problem...what to do when people want to turn using the so called "thumb
    hold". I was always taught that this turn is incorrect and in most Scottish
    classes people use the correct handshake hold for turns. However in the
    vintage classes (which dance a pretty good number of Scottish Country
    dances) have what I call an American influence and while not all use the
    thumb hold, a good many do. My arguement is it can cause injury. Well that
    was what I was always told. My wife says that I should do in Rome as the
    Romans. My arguement is that they are wrong and I will dance correctly in
    order to avoid injury and I wish to avoid "bad habits" carrying over into
    Scottish dancing. I am however at a loss to explain what sorts of injury the
    thumb hold can cause. Can someone please throw some light on this practice.
    Any suggestions on how to approach this issue as not to cause offense?
    Another irritant is the propensity of the vintage class to want to dance the
    "Postie's Jig" using the Tulloch turn rather than the usual turns by the
    right and left giving the handshake hold.
    Thoughts? Suggestions?
    Yours aye,
    Tom Mungall

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