White dresses and Riverdance

Todd Pierce

Message 14473 · 11 Nov 1998 20:39:30 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In Baton Rouge the ladies wear white skirts and blouses, which most of the
women dislike. BUT they also wear arisaides, which makes for a more
colorful demo. (The problem is the arisaides were made out of some plaid
upholstery and are very hot to wear!)

Some of the 'younger' crowd here would rather have the ladies wear
tartan skirts, or basically anything except the white dresses. I will
suggest the black outfits. I _did_ suggest that the men needed to
wear kilts with bare chests painted blue, like in Michael Flatley's
Lord of the Dance, but the other men were not too keen :).

At one demo, one lady had all the women wear circles of flowers
in their hair. That did NOT go down well at all with the ladies, but
it looked very festive and idyllic.

By the way, is it a good thing to have Scottish performances look like
Riverdance? We get some people interested in our dancing, who when
they find out it is not Riverdance, aren't interested. Do we want to
perpetuate this misunderstanding? And do we want to be linked to
Riverdance in any case? Some of the 'modern' mixing of Celtic dance
with rap, hip-hop, or rock sounds just awful to me - but maybe I'm
just an old fogey.

Todd Pierce
Integrate, Incorporated
Baton Rouge, LA

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