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Thread #114316   Message #2438253
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
12-Sep-08 - 08:46 AM
Thread Name: Wrong speeds, tunes and instruments?
Subject: RE: Wrong speeds, tunes and instruments?
Dancers need a certain amount of speed so they can keep their balance. I've done a little dancing and I've experienced songs that were too slow for dancing. This is rare, however.

On the other hand, in 1976 there was quite a to-do in the States over the fact that the country was 200 years old. At the library I picked up a book of New England country dances published because of the Bicentenniel. At this time, there were people still alive who had been born in 1890. The consensus was that the music had been speeding up for decades, no doubt under the influence of movies, TV and radio. And as the speed went up, the finesse disappeared.

So do what is right for the dancers, but beware of the pressure to go too fast and 'look professional.'