Briefings (not at the Asilomar Ball)

Fred Collins

Message 13902 · 28 Oct 1998 22:16:57 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi
By way of introduction my name is Fred Collins, drummer with The Scottish
Accent, and I would like to comment on the never ending saga of briefing.
As a dancer at the height of its popularity in Scotland briefing never
existed.If you were first couple and did'nt know it you changed places with
a couple that did, after all it is a social evening and dancing is for fun.
That was then and now is now so to briefing I believe Don MacQueen has a
similar idea to what I had in mind;
Club night...total briefing
Monthly dance...first eight bars or if new or difficult total briefing
Ball...No briefing
Then of course always remember the social aspect and change places!

Fred

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">"From: Don MacQueen <xxxx@xxxxx.xxx>
">"To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
">"Subject: Re: Briefings (not at the Asilomar Ball)
">"Date: Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:00:19 -0800
">"
">"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.
">">
">">Trans Vector Technologies, Inc, 184 Estaban Drive, Camarillo, CA
93010-1611
">">Phone: (805)484-2775, FAX: (805)484-2718, EMail: xxxxx@xxx.xxx
">"
">"
">"-----------------
">"Don MacQueen
">"Livermore, California USA
">"xxxx@xxxxx.xxx
">"-----------------
">"
">"
">"
">"

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