Elitism

Ian Brown

Message 15562 · 22 Jan 1999 13:26:42 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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For someone who is genuinely confused by this discussion of elitism can
anyone help me understand what they mean by it? Perhaps then I can decide
where I fit?
In particular, the discussion has included reference to strathspeys as
the last dance on a programme. No one has, I think, spoken up in favour
of the last dance being a strathspey. Rather, it has generally been
agreed the last dance should be high-energy, well known and preferably
something that everyone can do, presumably ruling out five couple dances
as they tend to leave up to four couples dismissed to the sidelines.
Is it elitist to try to dance the steps and the formations to the best of
one's ability?
Is it elitist to insist that everyone else should do the same, or is that
simply rude?
Is it elitist to do some homework before the dance, or is it just common
sense, when practical?
Is it elitist to dance always with one's own circle of friends? I would
plead guilty to this more often than I would wish and would like to do
something about it.
Is it elitist to refuse to remove one's jacket (or tie) however
uncomfortable?
Is it elitist to make anyone who does so, feel uncomfortable?
Is it elitist to restrict programmes to RSCDS dances?
Are these common problems?
I have to say in my experience they aren't. I have found most dancing
groups very welcoming and always ready to welcome the inexperienced. This
obviously means the more experienced dancers are regularly taught the
setting step in order to accommodate those who have never seen it before.
Mostly this is born with equanimity, though some groups are able to split
into more experienced and less experienced classes and this helps solve
the problem.
Long may it remain so, and let those who would wish to introduce
competition join with those few who would prefer not to dance with
beginners, or indeed anyone less skilled than themselves. They can enjoy
each other's company as the rest of us get on with enjoying our dancing.
Ian Brown
Harrogate

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