>I have been to a number of Asilomar weekends and balls and every one was a >stellar event. However, it is a pity that SF continues with a policy of no >briefings at the ball.
Oberdan this was a cheap shot. I notice that you referred to the event as
stellar - so the lack of briefings must not distracted _that_ much from it.
And you might have put your remark in context: the program's you refer to
included lot's of intermediate level RSCDS old favorites. And I think it's
out of order for you to refer to another branch's event with "pity". If it
works for those local dancers, don't they get to decide?
Also I have MC'ed several of the Asilomar Ball's. One was in 1990 when I was
on crutches from a car crash, so I watched the entire evening (the music was
superb and it was hard to sit out). Another was 3 (?) years ago when I think
you were one of the teachers. On neither occasion do I remember seeing any
sets who weren't dancing because they couldn't cope, nor dancers sitting
out, and I was watching from an excellent vantage point.
In all of the recent tumultuous thread about briefings some of the real
issues and solutions were artfully avoided. One is the notion of putting
every new dance that comes along on a program before it has been thoroughly
danced by most of the community. Any large event that draws long term
dancers back "out of the woodwork" has to include briefings if they put a
lot of new dances on the program.
A possible compromise solution is one that I used on both times at Asilomar:
in 1990 I reminded the dancers of the first figure of the dance, right
before the music started. Many people said that they liked that idea.
As some others have noted, well-prepared and >well-delivered briefings do not take time away from dancing. SF has many >very talented people and I would imagine that individuals invited to brief >at the ball would do superbly, and would add greatly to the social success >of the evening.
One reason why the San Francisco Branch has had so many excellent dancers is
because we _train_ them to dance, rather then training them to depend on the MC.
Sorry I guess you pushed my buttons on this posting....off of soapbox now.