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  • James Tween

    James Tween May 16, 2006, 8:03 p.m. (Message 45301)

    Re: Strip The Willow (square)

    I've only ever done Strip the Willow Square on the English ceilidh circuit, 
    to the instructions given by Marie (ending with promenade rather than 
    balance and swing).  As the site given by Ian is an English dance archive, 
    "balance and swing" would use the ceilidh version of setting or balancing, 
    i.e. jump, kick, jump, kick, as in Military Twostep (without joining of 
    hands).  As in things like Dashing White Sergeant or Eightsome, this would 
    probably transfer into the SCD realm as set twice and spin, as Ian says.
    On a tangent, English dances have both balancing (as above) and setting, 
    with setting being a relaxed step similar to the pas-de-basque, coming down 
    from things like Playford, but then some dances, such as Balance the Star, 
    have this setting movement in them but call it balancing ... and then 
    there's Contra balancing which is a bit like setting ... and so it goes on 
    - James -
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Ian Brockbank" <>
    To: "'Tom'" <>; "'SCD news and discussion'" 
    Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 12:14 PM
    Subject: RE: Strip The Willow (square)
    > Hi Tom,
    >> Many thanks for the link, Ian
    >> In passing, how does one "balance" one's partner
    > I'm not certain (they're not my instructions), but I'd guess set twice and
    > spin like in the Eightsome Reel.
    > Ian Brockbank
    > Edinburgh, Scotland

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