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 Post subject: Let's hear the carols - and dance
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2001 7:36 am 
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A fascinating fresh perspective on the Christmas season: <P><B>Time to melt this Christian ice. Let's hear the carols - and dance</B> <BR>PETER CLARKE in The Scotsman <P><BR>It seems to me carols are the most vivid link to a pre-kirk winter solstice party. Originally, carols meant dancing , not singing. The word in Latin is "choraula", in Greek "choraules". It describes flute playing for a dance. The Hellenic choros was the circling dance which lays at the heart of all Aegean drama. So isn't it time to bring the dancing back to the carol singing?<P>Some popular carols are not obvious dancing material. They could be tweaked into dance tunes. Others still carry a nimble, prancing potential. The Presbyterian ethos is apprehensive about pleasure, but no kirk voice could look coherent in trying to restore the rhythm and movement element to enjoying carols.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011221008564&query=dance" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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