I was somewhat buoyed by the number of people who want briefings, even
brief ones at a ball. While it is customary not to brief dances at balls
here, there is a tremendous drop in tension when dances are to be
Adding to the question, at monthly parties we are often told to put away
our pillings when awaiting the start of the dance.
I have heard teachers (who set programs and dance policy in our Branch)
say that because we ought to be able to do dances without briefings, or
from talkthroughs, there should be no briefings at balls and no pillings
looked at when there are talk-throughs. All very well for people with
good dance memories (I tend to forget a figure in a dance), or who are
auditory information processors. As a visual learner, I feel a momentary
"you don't belong here" when told I should NOT be using my pillings.
There's a time for everything, but sometimes some people forget that the
object is TO HAVE FUN!
P.S. The English Country Dance balls locally use quick talk-throughs,
and it spoils neither the festivity of the affair nor the flow of the