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  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith Aug. 8, 2008, 7:07 p.m. (Message 53353)

    Re: The RSCDS dance publication process

    Yes, the turns are 4-bar turns and "give...briefly" are the operative words, 
    though "touch" might have been better.
    Malcolm interpreted this as "taking hands" which to my mind implies a longer 
    contact, and no, I find it neither strange nor difficult. In a very large 
    set it might be, but even when the dance was done as part of the Thursday 
    night dem in the Younger Hall in a generously spaced set each dancing couple 
    were very nearly shoulder to shoulder as they came round, so hand contact 
    would not have been at all difficult.
    I do not intend to get in to a "which beat of which bar" debate. It is a 
    suggestion which I approve and it is up to dancers to use it or not 
    according to their own preference and skill level.
    Andrew Smith,
    Bristol, UK.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "mlamontbrown" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 2:24 PM
    Subject: RE: The RSCDS dance publication process
    > Andrew wrote:
    >> May I add that the suggestion was made in class at St Andrews, in the 
    >> year
    >> of publication, by our teacher , Christine Mair,  that the dancing couple
    >> give nearer hands briefly as they come round together from turning the 
    >> third
    >> couple and before they go in to the double triangles formation.
    >> I am thoroughly in favour of this and, as I said at the time, wish that I
    >> had thought of it for myself.
    > I though that the turns with third couple were supposed to be 4 bar turns 
    > (i.e. the
    > third couple danced for 4 steps) - don't you think it would look a little 
    > strange /
    > be a bit difficult to hold on to third couple while taking hands with 
    > partner and
    > then releasing them to take hands in double triangles?
    > Malcolm
    > Malcolm L Brown
    > York  (UK)

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