English Ceilidh (ECeilidh)

Schottisches or waltzes as a change from polkas.

Gordon Potts/Steve Harris

On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 20:27:52 +0100, (Gordon Potts/Diane Moody) wrote:
> I really like ending on Schottisches or waltzes as a change from
> polkas. But some people don't like a change.

To which Steve Harris replied:

I love Schottisches but there are problems with them in an EC context:

1. If you play out with a Schottische, a lot of the audience will polka. Collision with those trying to Schottische is inevitable. Those doing a polka know they are right because it's the "final polka" while those who Schottische know they are right because that's what the band is playing. People sometimes even get upset which is particularly bad at the end of a night.

2. You can of course call a specific Schottische earlier in the evening which works well. Occasionally, dancers will start doing their own Schottische - maybe even encouraged by the caller who may have observed mixed Schottisches co-existing on the French scene. The reason it works in French is that they gently sleaze around accepting gentle collisions between couples as normal. If you "english" mixed Schottisches, unpopular collisions are inevitable.

3. Waltzes are less of a problem because the majority will do Rosza while a minority will skilfully do the French spinny waltz around the edge.