> Marjorie McLaughlin wrote > >others just stand in line and wait for someone to stand opposite them< > > How horribly impersonal in my view. Isn't half the pleasure of balls/ dances > etc., being asked to dance, or yourself asking someone to be your partner? > I hope that idea is not going to find it's way across the pond!
I hope it does. Not as a way to do every dance in every class or
social event, but rather in a class as a single technique element to make
the dancers more aware of each other.
Until I was in a class where we took partners and stood on whichever side
we wished (or just got up and stood there waiting for someone to stand
across from us), I would have agreed with you. But what's really
fascinating is what you learn from dancing in a set formed that way.
1) You dance with everyone in the set. You can't help it, you just
don't expect a man to be there is the 'second woman's' place, and you
smile and he smiles. . . Next round, it's a 'real' woman, but you still
2) You realize how much of your normal dancing is focused on your partner
instead of on the entire set. (I do get so tired of being ignored in
3) You realize where you can help others or where you are accustomed to
being helped yourself.
I recommend that all the teachers out there in strathspeyland try it in
one of their classes.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US