Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions.
On 12/28/2016 8:06 PM, JD Erskine iDance island.dance(a)shaw.ca
On 2016-12-27 10:04, Jonathan Sivier
if you had to select some dances that best
conveyed the spirit of his dances which ones would they be?
Off the top of my head, any of these three Sicilian circle set dances:
Long Live London
I think LLL speaks nicely to both North American ECDancers and Contra
dancers. Sure moves along and is just quirky enough to be unique,
certainly for the time it was written I'd think.
Some folks might say, "Oh ho! He wrote that?" to Margaret's Waltz - both
tune and dance. I like the "over the shoulder" star set up.
I've read someone comment on one of the lists that Levi Jackson Rag has
been done to death, where they live. Fair enough. In other areas give it
It turns out I have my ECD dance index with me. Here are my entries for
these as I've programmed them a number of times.
Levi Jackson Rag 5U/Bkt 2/4 G ABCD B1.66 D&M=Pat Shaw, 1974
Long Live London SCir 2/2 G AAB B1.67 D&M=Pat Shaw, 1971
Margaret's Waltz SCir 3/4w A AABB B1.75 D&M=Pat Shaw, 1959
Waterfall Waltz SCir 3/4w G AABC B1.135 Pat Shaw
I'm about to be looking for other choice PS-S dances in the next few
weeks myself, so open to suggestions myself.
Oh, almost forgot these others I've called are also by PS-S:
Heidenröslein Sq4 3/4 G ABx4 A16B12 B1.49 Pat Shaw, 1971; Pat Shaw
Collection Book 2, 1986
and _another_ SCir, however in jig time.
Morecambe Bay SCir 6/8 D AAB 8,8,16 B1.81 D=Pat Shuldham-Shaw, 1972
A fun aspect to this dance is the use of the North Country style Ladies
Chain, over and back which gives folks enough time to practise and
employ/enjoy it. Shortest recalled description of that (corrections
welcome) is man doesn't turn about, passes ladys left hand from his left
to his right behind his own back. Pretty cute.