I guess my day-job is showing (librarian), but the idea of a cladistic taxonomy is
fabulous! Even if there were a code for the various options and we added that code to our
records so that (eventually we would see the connections even without consulting the
actual tree. Hmmm - if only I had another life to have time for such an adventure...
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Subject: Re: [Callers] Unruly Reunion/Monterey Detour
Old Time Elixer #2 by Linda Leslie and Tica Tica Timing by Dean Snipes are darn close, the
difference being a right and left through versus a promenade across. (They're both
fabulously fun petronella dances).
As for choreographers slipping up and writing their own dance twice, it wouldn't
surprise me, but it also may be that they changed the name when they found something that
suited better. I personally find naming dances harder than writing them.
I know I've re-created dances that already existed; although it can be hard to say if
I'm writing them myself, or pulling them out of my dance memory,
It'd be fun to see a cladistic taxonomy of contra dances (and related forms), showing
the similarities and differences; be they regional, composer, historic, or otherwise. I
don't remember which caller, but someone broke contra dances in to primarily 1 swing
and 2 swing dances (with some others), and then branches 2 swing dances into dances where
the swings are in adjacent phrases (ex A2 & B1) or non-adjacent. That type of tree
system could be the basis for basis for classifying dances and keeping track of how close
your dances are to others (you'd still need a database of existing dances to compare
On Sat, Sep 1, 2012 at 2:59 AM, Chris Page <chriscpage(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 7:04 PM, Linda Leslie
Tenth Year in Tommerup (Linda Leslie). Same dance
by Greg Frock
called Hopping Tiger, Baby Squirrel. I have not had the opportunity
to talk with Greg about who might have written the dance at an earlier date.
I know I have run across a few others, but have not kept tract of them.
And they're both idential to "Practice Petronella" by Tom Lehmann.
I've written several dances that other people have written or wrote later.
There's numerous duplication if you look close. I've even run across a
few cases of callers accidentally duplicating their own dance,
publishing two different names with the exact same moves.
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