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Three reasons to write up an easy ragtime dance

1. I do try to remember that amidst all the elaborate research and complicated reconstructions and  nifty background material about dance, it's nice if Kickery is occasionally simply useful to dancers and teachers who are just looking for fun historical dances that don't require weeks of practice to master.  This post is meant for that part of my audience.

2. It's also a shout-out to my Canadian Patrons.  I only have a few sources from Canada and when I've been asked about how dance there might have differed from that in the USA or the UK, I haven't had a good answer.  The multinational connections of the authors of the source and the dance suggest that there was a lot of overlap.  But it's always nice to have something that was actually published in Canada to use at any Canadian events that might come up.

3. It's a reminder to me that the Scottish dancers have a whole bunch of sources that I do not, starting with the McEwen book mentioned here.  At some point I really should go after those materials and do some work about how dance in Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries differed from that in England.

(Also, it's fun, and I really am a little tired of the Castle Schottische, which I have been dancing since 1992.  Twenty-four years!  Spawning a modern mixer version, as the Castle Schottische appears to have done, does not improve it for me.  It just makes it less historical.)