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From: "Virginia W. Beck" <>
Subject: Re: dancing and alacrity
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 13:37:22 -0800

We did a lot of square and round dancing. Both are quite stylized; neither
requires the fancy footwork of the Irish and Scots. The round dances are
similar to the popular line dances today, in that all participants learn the
same sequence of steps, and the dance is done in unison, but the dance is
done in a circle instead of in rows. A series of steps, twirls, and
interacting moves also has to be learned for the square dance, but once the
basic moves are memorized, they can be done in any achieveable sequence,
determined by the "caller". Novice callers can sometime ask dancers for
moves that are not possible, however! Ginia.
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From: Diane Hettrick <>
To: <>
Date: Saturday, March 14, 1998 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: dancing and alacrity

>Stu Ross wrote:
>> yip, doing these reels is not only physically demanding it gives the
brain cells a wee work oot. sort of celtic knot-work on legs.
>When I was reading John's explanation of the Scottish Country Dancing, I
>thought it sounded like the dancers were creating Celtic knots. It
>sounded like dancing as ritual.
>What's the history of the dances? Are they a Victorian invention or do
>they date back into prehistory? My husband and I once took a
>Renaissance dance class; the instructor threw in a few medieval round
>dances for fun. Nothing we learned was anywhere near as complicated as
>what John described, the dances were about style and mannerisms (and
>moving in restrictive clothing) as much as about steps.
>Diane Hettrick

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