RSCDS clapping!

Pia

Message 13520 · 19 Oct 1998 17:09:21 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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Dewdney Andrew wrote:
>
> Pia,
> Well, not QUITE what I meant. I've been a member from the very
> moment they would have me, ie 16th birthday 11 years ago. Before that, of
> course, in their books, I was too young and unable to do Strathspeys. The
> fact that I was a dancer in the Southport RSCDS dem team from the age of
> twelve had nothing to do with it! Thing is, I guess I'm tired of it! When
> I was a student, running the OUSDS, HQ wouldn't really encourage anything so
> fun. In fact, my father (Tony Dewdney) used to give everyone a hard time at
> AGMs about 10 years ago on children, they even got as far as setting up a
> committee to look into it with him as chairman. Then, due to circumstances
> beyond his control, he couldn't make the first meeting. So, the whole thing
> was killed off. About 1989 or so, I think. Why? Complete lack of
> interest. At the time he had both offspring actively running student
> groups. Some sort of group membership would have been nice. No chance!
> Maybe this attitude has changed, I hope it has. I hate being a hard bitten
> cynic at my tender age! I know the UKAPTD approached the RSCDS on several
> occasions to collaborate on children's classes and medals. I believe the
> response was less than constructive! They are doing something now, aren't
> they? I know London is involved in something.
> Please tell me its improved! Thing is, I know there are enlightened
> RSCDS branches out there, I could name several, if I couldn't, I'd have
> stopped dancing long ago!
> But hey! I love dancing and yep, I grin hugely when it's fun! And
> I can't stand still when the music starts. So why doesn't everybody do
> it!!!!!!!!
> Andrew Dewdney
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: pia walker [SMTP:xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xx.xx]
> > Sent: 15 October 1998 11:30
> > To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
> > Subject: Re: Beginners/Explaining Music
> >
> > LAPSED???? Oy get back in there and tell The RSCDS Non-clappers it is OK
> > to clap (and smile and have fun and birl). The RSCDS is spending a lot
> > of time and effort trying to change its image. RSCDS is fun - we are
> > allowed to show it - the difference is that we can dance beautifully
> > and safely and still enjoy it no matter where we go. I am getting
> > seriously worried to about this - I have always been an RSCDS dancer
> > since I started dancing in Copenhagen 22 years ago - I have only danced
> > at RSCDS dances and classes around the world until quite recently (I have
> > started mingling to a higher degree with the natives, here in Fife and
> > a lot of them are RSCDS'ers)- and I am sorry - I have learned to birl at
> > summerschool (I have birrrrled at summerschool!!!)- I have clapped to
> > music and God forbid - I have had fun or else I would not still be
> > dancing Scottish Dancing. Anyone who has seen or know me knows that I
> > have always got a stupid big silly smile on my face - not because it is
> > supposed to be there, but because the dancing puts it there - RSCDS means
> > fun to a lot of people and I find it very sad that people think they
> > cannot be members of RSCDS if they start to tap their feet or clap.
> >
> > Pia
> >
> > --
> > pia walker <xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xx.xx>
> >Hi Andrew

If you don't mind I'm going to print out your message and forward it onto
the PR and marketing committee at our next meeting. Let's see if we
cannot together change things.

And by the way who ever said Romance was easy!!!!!!!!

Yours in fun

Pia

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