How Long a Beginner?

Genevieve Moore

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This may not be the input you wanted, but regarding beginners:

I certainly had no idea what I was getting into when I started dancing
nearly four years ago, and if 'classes' had been my only exposure to
SCD, I mightn't be dancing now. Not to disparage any of the wonderful
teachers to whom I am deeply indebted, but there is something to be said
for the 'romance' of a ball. Being whisked around the room in a dream
of a dance, learning to appreciate the power of the music, meeting new
people, seeing friends from class in formal attire--these were some of
the enchanting aspects to me as a beginner. The clouds of innocent
oblivion were (and still are!) kindly lifted by more experienced dancers
with grace equal to that of the dance itself.

We all reciprocate the times when we couldn't tell our first corner from
the next set by helping dancers newer than ourselves. Why restrict the
glamorous side of SCD to experienced dancers? It can be overwhelming at
first, but seeing the jubilation possible beyond the classroom can be
great motivation to improve.

Genevieve Moore
Asheville, North Carolina, USA

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This may not be the input you wanted, but regarding beginners:

<P>I certainly had no idea what I was getting into when I started dancing
nearly four years ago, and if 'classes' had been my only exposure to SCD,
I mightn't be dancing now.&nbsp; Not to disparage any of the <U>wonderful
</U>teachers to whom I am deeply indebted, but there is something to be
said for the 'romance'&nbsp; of a ball.&nbsp;&nbsp; Being whisked around
the room in a dream of a dance, learning to appreciate the power of the
music, meeting new people, seeing friends from class in formal attire--these
were some of the enchanting aspects to me as a beginner. The clouds of
innocent oblivion were (and still are!) kindly lifted by more experienced
dancers with grace equal to that of the dance itself.

<P>We all reciprocate the times when we couldn't tell our first corner
from the next set by helping dancers newer than ourselves.&nbsp; Why restrict
the glamorous side of SCD to experienced dancers?&nbsp; It can be overwhelming
at first, but seeing the jubilation possible beyond the classroom can be
great motivation to improve.
<BR>&nbsp;

<P>Genevieve Moore
<BR>Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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