Dance The Elusive Muse 10102

Also known as “Easily Led”.

Jig · 32 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 3   (Progression: 312)

Devised by
Tim Wilson (2003)
Intensity
640 800 804 888 = 56% (1 turn), 56% (whole dance)
Formations
Steps
  • Pas-de-Basque, Skip-Change
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Official Alias: Easily Led

For ...

Official Alias: Easily Led

For Bruce Herbold on the occasion of his 50th birthday. A wonderful teacher, fellow dance devisor, and fish biologist, I had intended to surprise him with a dance on his 49th birthday but the muse was too elusive. This time she stayed just long enough. This dance pays homage to two of his fishy favorites: The Duran Ranger and The Salmonfield Poacher. “Easily Led” is a reference to one of his favorite teaching exercises which is to brief either the women or the men and have them lead their partners through a dance with non-verbal cues.

In the interesting discussion on the "Strathspey" list in november 2015, about bars 9-16

(which read 9-16: 1st couple dance down the middle for 4 bars with nearer hands joined, on bars 13-14 1st woman dances under their raised arms and in front of her partner (as he dances below her) to switch places and face up, on bars 15-16 they dance up to third place to face 3rd woman.)

Tim Wilson wrote:

"My short answer: the text of The Elusive Muse should stay as is. I believe the description of the turning movement is clear. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) It is what I intended when I wrote the dance.

My long answer for those who are interested. Yes, the dance is a nod to The Duran Ranger and to the way I learned that movement which was before the clarifications had been published or were (as) widely known. The description of The Elusive Muse uses nearer hands because 1st couple is on opposite sides to begin the turning movement...and because my own feeling about the movement (man dancing below his partner) is that it is more easily/gracefully accomplished when nearer hands are joined.

As Duncan has noted, the movement seems to have an equal chance of going the right way and the "other right" way. Since it is only danced by 1st couple in The Elusive Muse, the most important thing is that 1st couple switch sides to face up without injury (and ideally with grace). :-)"

NameArtistAlbumMediaTrkTypeTimePaceClipTunes
Elusive Muse Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt Carriages at Midnight CD 8 J32 31:54 38.0 [S] Calliope House/MacArthur's Road/Calliope House

The Elusive Muse 3/3L · J32

1–
1W dances Rsh round P into the centre ; 1c (W beckoning and leading)+2c ½ Lsh Reel3, 2c finish in 1pl, 1c face down, M on L
9–
1c dance down the middle NHJ ; change sides to face up, 1W crossing above 1M and under joined arms | 1c dance up to between 3c
17–
1c (W leading)+3c ½ Rsh Reel3, 3c finish in 3pl ; 1c (M on R) dance up and cast off (2x,1x,3x)
25–
S&Link3 twice (3,1,2)

The Elusive Muse 3/3L · J32

1-8
1L dances RSh round prtnr to face 2L, 1s (1L leads) dance 1/2 Tandem reel of 3 across with 2s (LSh to 2L) ending 2s to top & 1s facing down
9-16
1s dance down (4 bars), Lady turns under Mans arm & dance up to face 3L
17-24
1s (1L leads) dance 1/2 Tandem reel of 3 across with 3s (RSh to 3L), 1s dance up to top & cast to 2nd place opposite sides
25-32
2s+1s+3s Set+Link for 3 twice to end 3 1 2

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