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George Gates

Message 13773 · 25 Oct 1998 00:50:59 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Here Here Ken,

If you have been to Asilomar you know that in the afternoon before the
ball we have a dance review of all the dances to refresh our memory and
in the weeks before the weekend we have not one, not two but four days
where the dances are taught, along with them being taught at the local
classes during their regular course.
Excuse me, but pity on you Oberdan. For not knowing any better.

George

ken mcfarland wrote:
>
> Oberdan took another shot:
>
> >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.
>
> Ken McFarland
>
> --
> ken mcfarland <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx>

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