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February 10, 2008

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Why did they make a Military Schottische? Was it just the two beside each other than reminded them of the military, or did it have some military import?

I've always wondered where the name came from. It's not just in the schottische - there's a side-by-side waltz called the "Military Waltz" as well. It's possible that the term originated with a piece of music; the dance is also known as the "Pas de Quatre" and "Barn Dance" after two popular pieces of music (from a specific "Pas de Quatre" ballet and from the tune "Dancing in the Barn"). It's also possible that the side by side thing is, as you say, sort of military, though since the partners are tightly linked with the gentleman's arm around the lady's waist, I don't really see it as all that military!

How, precisely, does one murmur 'Gawlikowski'?

Heh. It does have a bad combination of sounds for murmuring, doesn't it? Maybe one could hiss it?

Marilee:
I talked a little more about the group of "Military" variations in another post.

i have done this before! omg!

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