[SCA-Dance] ECD - siding

Alex Clark alexbclark at pennswoods.net
Thu May 22 18:47:48 EDT 2008

At 03:42 PM 5/22/2008 -0400, Ben Pung wrote:
>On May 22, 2008, at 2:18 PM, Charlene Charette wrote:
> > Monica Hultin wrote:
> >> Greeetings,
> >>
> >> Since we're talking so much about Playford right now, I had a
> >> question about
> >> siding.
> >
> > A good article on siding can be found at:
> > http://www.srcf.ucam.org/round/dances/siding

Not nearly as definitive as it claims to be. The author was mistaken about 
where Cecil Sharp came up with his criteria by which he invented his 
version of sides. In fact, as I recall Sharp must have worked from a bad 
transcription from All a Mode de France, in which the sides had gotten 
jumbled together with the sets and turns, so that he thought that sides was 
being interrupted in the middle each time. Therefore he had to come up with 
a figure that could be interrupted in the middle.

>There's also a Letter of Dance article here:

Now that's scary. Four modern inventions, going from bad to worse.

Alex Clark/Henry of Maldon 

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