In my opinion, the most confusing part is why anyone
calls this figure "Mad
Robin." What does a mad robin do? Has anyone ever seen a mad robin?
Worse yet, the "mad robin" figure in contra isn't even the same as the mad
robin figure in the Mad Robin English dance it's supposedly from.
I use the term "Sashay round" which, by
definition, is easier for most people
to understand - Sashay: move sideways, and Around (do I have to explain that
one?) (i.e., around your _____, while maintaining eye contact with your
I like "sliding doors", myself, but I'll say "mad robin" when
calling to people
who know what it is.
I have actually gotten pushback when saying "your feet do the same thing as in
the dosido, but you're looking at your partner", because your feet _don't_
the same thing, even though the track is the same. (Aside from the twirling
question, there's more sideways motion in the mad robin.)
Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
Disclaimer: I speak only for myself, not SLAC or SSRL Phone: 650/926-3056
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