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Voice and longsword

 Two asthma attacks in a couple of weeks and the medication is sending my voice into the pits. Which is unfortunate as I'm teaching longsword tonight and doing  a couple of dance workshops at Redemption this weekend.

Still, dance teaching is one of the few things I'm willing to do even when my voice is shot to pieces.  Though it would be easier if I could persuade someone else to call the count when people are learning figures.

It's all about getting the feet to fit the music.  There's 16 beats in a lot of the tunes and each person's moves have to fit in with that pattern.

Left, right, left, right, hop on right, left foot over sword, hop on left, right.  

That's one person going over the sword in their left hand, starting outside the circle and stepping into it (lifting their own sword over their head and turning clockwise as they go).

That's 6 steps in total, so 6 dancers will do it exactly in 3 passes through the music. (three verses of Bobby Shafto in this case)

It's also a lot of calling, as they have problems getting the steps right on new moves unless I call them.

But, there's an outside chance we might have a new dancer tonight, so no way am I going to cancel!

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Feb. 20th, 2017 09:30 pm (UTC)
You are awesome!
I hope the teaching will not exhaust you too much. Be careful, vocal chords can torment you later. I damaged mine thanks to teaching with laryngitis all the time. I will never be able to sing with my full voice as before again - and I LOVE singing.
Good luck!
Feb. 21st, 2017 08:48 am (UTC)
Yet another thing we have in common. Asthma medication wrecked my voice many years ago. I used to love singing. I still sing now and then, but will never have the voice I used to have.

but I'm better off now than when I was at my worst. For about five years, I never went anywhere without a notebook as I often couldn't talk at all.


Judith Proctor


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