Briefings (not at the Asilomar Ball)

Don MacQueen

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With all due respect, I disagree, vigorously. (I mean, wth the "pity" part
of Oberdan's note, not the "stellar" part!)

>From a personal point of view, I find it very rewarding to dance dances
that I know well enough to do without briefings. With the additional
challenge comes additional reward. I also think that the sense of teamwork
of a set is enhanced when the dance is done without briefing--a stronger
sense of "were all in this together, working together and depending on one
another."

I understand what it is like to be standing in line at a formal ball, about
to start a dance I'm not entirely sure I know well enough, and knowing that
there will be no briefing to help. It's daunting. I also understand that
the lack of briefings poses an extra challenge to dancers not from the host
branch, who have, perhaps, less opportunity to learn the dances. However,
in the case of the SF Branch, not all teachers teach to the Asilomar Ball
program, so that the difference in preparation between the
host-branch-dancer and the non-host-branch-dancer is not necessarily that
much. My personal repertoire of dances that I can do at the drop of a hat,
without reminders of any sort, is very short. Perhaps 6. Maybe a dozen. So
I need reminders. But I still don't want briefings at a full-scale formal
ball.

>From a more philosophical point of view, I think it is good to have
graduated levels of activities and events. Starting with weekly class,
where dances are actually taught, to the social part of class (often in the
later part of the evening) when dances almost always are given
talk-throughs, and are often given walk-throughs, moving up to monthly
parties, at which talk-throughs are expected and appropriate (but only
occasional walk-throughs), moving up to semi-formal parties (sort of midway
between a monthly parties and formal balls with briefer briefings and very
rarely walk-throughs), and on up to the highest level, formal balls with no
briefings. (We are indeed fortunate in S.F. to have a large enough branch
to support the whole range of events.) Leaving out the highest level
strikes me as selling one's self short (both at the individual level, and
for a Branch as a whole). Why shouldn't we aspire to the highest possible
level?

-Don

>
>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. 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.
>
>Oberdan.
>
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