[SCA-Dance] looking for a few good dances to start our group
tmcd at panix.com
tmcd at panix.com
Wed May 14 01:02:50 EDT 2008
On Sun, 11 May 2008, Alex Clark <alexbclark at pennswoods.net> wrote:
> At 04:09 PM 5/8/2008 -0500, Tim McDaniel wrote:
> > > & are there any others that are simple for beginners?
> >I've always been fond of Half Hannigan for a warmup.
> >- it's vigorous without being exhausting (if your music isn't too
> > long)
> >- it's the prototypical English Country Dance, consisting of nothing
> > BUT doubling, siding, and arming
> On the contrary, this does not make it a prototype. It is more like
> an eviscerated ECD.
There's no more evidence that it was designed by cutting down a dance
than there is that it was built minimally. It does practice the basic
steps (other than set and turn single).
> >- it's a mixer, so it's good for "how do you do?" or a brief "hi,
> > Jane, long time no see!"
> I advise against teaching this modern dance to beginners.
I see that the Terpsichore booklet is misleading when it states the
usual SCA version is "Playford 1651" when the source at
shows it as Longways for as many as will.
I'm not at all good at interpreting Playford: is there a good
reconstruction that my brief Googling didn't show?
looks basically plausible to me: you have to get #1 man and #N woman
"offside" and then get them back in dancing with the same sex as
Playford specifies. But it doesn't state exactly how #1 man and #N
woman get offside and the rest progress, and then get back in, and the
ways coming to my mind right now feel awkward to me.
Just to make sure: does the music in the facimile match the music as
I believe it's usually played in the SCA?
Tim McDaniel; Reply-To: tmcd at panix.com
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