Any dance teacher in San Diego expects her students to dance
to whatever the musicians play regardless of speed (I mean within
limits). Of course they're not professionals though some have
qualified for the Worlds.
Many people have forgotten that this was originally a traditional
folk art and it included the live musicians, not smoke and mirrors.
"Welcome to Heaven, here's your harp. Welcome to Hell, here's
>--- Original Message ---
>From: Jim Coogan <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Date: 3/20/02 9:14:00 AM
>In a message dated 3/20/02 9:13:08 AM, [log in to unmask]
>>I must admit I did get some degree of satisfaction on St Pat's
>>Manchester this year, when the Irish dancers danced in front
of the steps
>>of the town hall and the CD they were using kept jumping. Us
>>were thinking "serves them right for not using us".
>Frances, as Philippe points out this disregard (which is fostered
>ignorance) of musicians and the stupid River Dance scenario
>The truth of the matter is the competitive step dancing has
>itself from the music.
>I did a gig at Manhattan College last night where one of Donny
>students was the star of the "Riverdance show" -- anyway their
>gave them trouble and the boss dancer came up and asked if we
could play a
>reel at 113 -- I told him I didnt know what 113 was but we
>put the music under his feet if he wanted to dance a reel
- to which he
>replied "thats ok, we will leave that one out -- "we are professional
>dancers and must have metronomic timing"
>Says I, Fine! -- keep it up, you are doing a great job...