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Page 38 - "It is Wrong, Wrong to Dance"?? An Introduction to Cheticamp-Area Dance Prohibition with Folklorist Barbara LeBlanc

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1989/1/1 (244 reads)

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And also in Quebec, often, the callers will call in English, not in French. (The other dances that we've just spoken of, though--"Le Huit," "The Long Potato"-- and the others that you yourself found-- the rounds....) Well, les rondes. (Do these all have calls as well?) No. The three that you mentioned, "Le Reel k Qua? tre," "Le Reel k Huit," and "La Patate Longue," were not dances that were called. Although their actual configuration looks very much--two of them look very much like quadrilles, and one of them is a proper dance, longways. So they look like dances you could see danced today, for example, that would be maybe called square sets or contras. But they don't have calls, and they were never called. So that means that the people knew them well enough to be able, from memory, to perform them. Now I'm telling you this from information gathered. Perhaps they did and no one re? members. 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