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Dancing

 There's nothing like dancing for the soul.

 I can be all stressed and twitchy, and after two hours longsword practice I'm at peace with the entire world.

Southern Star are only just large enough to survive as a side, but I think we're going to make it.  We're a mixed ability bunch to say the least, but the dances are starting to flow.  We're moving with the music now and that's making a big difference.

The timing in longsword has to be a bit intuitive -in morris, if you make a mistake, you just nip back into the correct position. That's not possible in longsword, you have to find ways for the group to get back in sync with the music.  After a while, you realise that at least some of the moves in traditional longsword dances are designed to give a bit of catch up time.  Moves that can be a bit variable in length are often followed by  simple circle moves that can soak up time until a new phrase of  the music begins.

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sallymn
Oct. 18th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
I love watching dance (dodgy hip means I can't even do the rather sad and klutsy bit I used to)... I'm so glad it does so much for you :)
(and should say, your mention of longsword and the way it destresses doe make me think of Sis and her fencing {g} which she finds the same feeling from I think)
vjezkova
Oct. 19th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
Well, no wonder. I think you really MUST forget the whole world to manage longsword !
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