[Callers] Re Improper
David Lawrence Harvey
dave at nycbarndance.com
Mon Oct 10 05:58:46 PDT 2011
Fair enough. I'll concede this point, too.
On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 6:52 AM, Bill Baritompa <
staf186 at ext.canterbury.ac.nz> wrote:
> The following extract supports proper and improper as referring
> to the 'correct' side of the longways formation (Dave: if everyone is
> there is still no mixing of the sexes :-) ).
> Cheers, Bill
> The country Dance Book Cecil J. Sharp Part VI.
> In Playford's time, the top of the room was called the
> Presence, alluding to the dais upon which the spectators
> -were seated. The expression "facing the Presence" means,
> therefore, facing up, i.e., toward the top of the room ; while
> back to the Presence means facing down, toward the bottom
> of the room.
> A Longways dance is one in which the performers take
> partners and stand in two parallel lines, the men on one side
> opposite and facing their partners on the other, those on
> the men's side facing the right wall (i.e. the wall on the right
> when facing the Presence), those on the women's -
> side the left wall.
> The disposition of the dancers in a longways dance is said
> to be proper when the men and women are on their own
> sides; and improper when the men are on the women's side-
> or the women on the men's.
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