Elitism, snobbery and balls

Susi Mayr

Message 13919 · 29 Oct 1998 11:59:58 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Peter Hastings wrote:

> I find (for once) that I am in partial agreement with Ian Price that
> the use of briefings lessens that sense of occasion which
> differentiates a formal ball (a once a year, decade, lifetime event)
> from a monthly social. Similarly, turning up in trainers and a T-shirt
> would do so, also.

I wholeheartedly agree.Last year we had an Easter course here in Vienna
- we don't have them that often so they are definitely "an occasion".
The programmes for the Saturday and Sunday evenings are sent out in
advance, written recaps are included in the course booklets, and the
dances are briefed on the night.
As the Saturday evening progressed it became clear that there was no
real need for the briefings - people had done their homework, they knew
the dances, whatever - so we decided to dispense with the briefings for
the Sunday ball. Short shock followed by general agreement (if there had
been loud protests we would have reinstated the briefings.) The band ran
the evening (Keith Smith did a great job), the MC got to dance, and it
was one of the best evenings of SCD I ever enjoyed.
It wasn't snobbish, maybe it was elitist (but everyone there was part of
the elite), and it definitely was fun.

Susi
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