"Not Recommended for Beginners"

Lee Fuell

Message 12544 · 10 Jul 1998 07:01:08 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Oberdan & List,

Thanks for the insight on difficult dances; it's extremely helpful.
I can certainly understand the level of friction between on one hand
desiring to encourage dancers to dance (can't promote and preserve
the art form otherwise), but on the other trying to appropriately
discourage beginners from biting off more than they can chew. Tina
McKay from Indianapolis told us recently about a Napier Scale (if
memory serves) rating dances by difficulty, with "one ghillie," "two
ghillie," etc, ratings. Seems to me that including such a rating
scale with the dances on a program would be extremely useful,
especially to beginners. Many dances that sound easy when briefed,
even without complex formations like "Bees", are difficult in
practice due to the tempo of the dance or the way in which otherwise
simple formations are combined.

Beginners like me want to have fun and are eager to dance, but also
don't want to spoil anyone else's fun (at least, I hope other
dancers feel this way). Tactfully rating the dances by difficulty,
plus being careful to design programs with dances with a balanced mix
of easy and challenging dances seems to be a good approach - at least
from this beginner's perspective.

Thanks again,

Lee

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