"Dancing Tid-bits" Issue #212, Thursday, March 10, 2005
Scatter Chasses, Part 2
Once we have learned the Tipsy Rhythm Q&Q we can add a slow to get a timing of Scatter Chasses as Q&Q&S. Now we want to hop on the Slow, so we divide the slow into 2 parts; in other words let's call it "Slow &". This is the timing for Step Hop. Now as we hop gently we can turn and continue with scatter chasse in another direction and so on and so forth. As Mr Allaire went into more detailed technique, he gave me following pointers which were tremendous help.
1. Step Hop comes from strong ankles and knees but must be soft movement, just enough to push off from the floor to release weight, so that that you can change direction.
2. Actually scatter chasses are performed in closed position even though we could have started in P.P. I must point out that in some variations that I do with my favourite teacher it is a combination of P.P. and Close.
3. It is not necessary to start them in P.P. and beginners can do a simple step-hop on the last slow step of a forward lock step.
4. As we change direction on the step-hop it is most important to keep the free foot-leg active and position it with the body in such a way that you are ready to continue Q&Q&S& in a differnt direction. The free foot should not lag behind.
5. There is a feeling "you go, I go" just like on the back 1/2 and forward 1/2 of the turn. In other words both partners are passing each other alternatively.
6. It is fast so try "not" to close feet tightly, 1/2 close is good enough.
7. If you started in P.P. you (man) must turn right after the step-hop to close to her and travel slightly more.
It is difficult to describe a choreographic group here as these tidbits are only little pointers so this little note should suffice. Comments are always welcome. Best Wishes, Max