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Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Mon Oct 31, 2005 07:17 AM

Ok, on the last step, the second part when you are doing a complete circle of fourteen highcuts. If you are doing the r/l/r/r l/r/l/l r/r/l/l r/l pattern (i dont know what everyone else does) and you are doing extension highcuts, do you extend both legs (ie do you extend both right and left leg between two right highcuts) when you are doing two on the same foot. Also do your arms "climb" twice if you do two with the same foot.

And a final question, if you can get nice singal extended highcuts, but not doubles would you do better or worse than someone who can do nice double non-extended highcuts?

Thanks

4 Replies to Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step

re: Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step
By SeniorLadyPremium member
On Mon Oct 31, 2005 08:04 AM
I think you'd be better doing nice doubles without extensions than getting extensions without the double beat.
re: Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step
By highlandlassie
On Mon Oct 31, 2005 08:58 AM
I guarantee that all judges would agree with this. Double hits in your highcuts are a required part of the movement, extensions are not. Beginners can get away with a single hit, but technically it is incorrect. Splits, on the other hand, are an option. Definately focus on getting those double hits asap. Only when you can do clean double hits with extensions should you add the extension in competition. So to answer your question, the person with the double hits but not extensions would do better.

For the other question: Only one leg needs to be extended when doing the second highcut on the same leg with patterns. Also, note that the arm doesn't move on that second highcut. :)
re: Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step
By Highlandlizmember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Tue Nov 01, 2005 01:44 PM
Thank you sooo much!
re: Question about Patterns for highcuts, Last step
By Ceilidh_DancePremium member
On Tue Nov 01, 2005 08:59 PM
This judge agrees with highlandlassie in every respect. A single beat while springing from foot to foot is not acceptable beyond beginner. A highcut by definition has a double beat and any dancer who has made it to the level of intermediate or premier and who is capable of learning the more advanced dances has no excuse for not being able to do a double beat in a highcut.

Also part of a highcut states that one or both legs may be extended towards 2nd aer during the elevation. As such, you don't have to extend both legs but you can if you wish. (also as highlandlassie indicated)

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