Elitism

Pia

Message 15578 · 23 Jan 1999 13:42:11 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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> From: Dianna Shipman <xxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx.xxx>
> To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
> Subject: Re: Elitism
> Date: 23 January 1999 02:55

> I don't think it's elitist to dance steps and formations to the best of
> one's ability --
I would call this good sense, as doing a step and a formation correct,
allows you to execute said with as little wasted energy as possible.

> I think it is elitist to ALWAYS dance with one's own circle of friends --
in
> that case I think the "circle of friends" should hold private parties and
> only dance with each other - however, the problem of not knowing who
knows
> which dances and not knowing many of the people at a ball does make it
> difficult to dance with newcomers/strangers.

I agree, why go to dances if you only deal with people you see every day -
I will go back to my rantings from last year - if you are at a ball, dance
at least one dance with a person you don't know at all. This way everybody
should get mixed well and truly.
>
> I think it's crazy not to remove a jacket or tie if you're uncomfortable
--
> such suffering in silence seems not only elitist but masochistic.

Has other ladies suffered from jackets which has remained on the gentleman
all night for several dances running?

Furthermore, I think it is a pity that some people in the danceworld think
they are better than others, because they are better dancers (are they, who
says?), know more important people, have danced for so many years etc etc.
Especially if they because of their perception of selfimportance, exclude
themselves from us mere mortals - it is their loss not ours. Pity them,
rather than envy them.

I think as you get more involved in a pastime, especially something like
dancing, where you always working with your own body, striving to improve
that body, you start to look more and more inward - this is OK for solo
dancers, but death to dancing as a team, group etc, where other opinions
are just as important as yourself.

The only way we can prevent Elitism is for each of us strive to accept
other people as they are - warts and all. Don't exclude others, because
they do not fit into your expectations of SCD and the way it is done. I
agree that some people protest to much and too voluble, and thereby cause
other people to tune out, however, they only do so, because they are
passionate. Why do we not hear opinions from others? Why do we only hear
from the same people all the time - do you not think your opinions are
valuable, or don't you care? And by the way - I do not only mean negative
comments, far too often the only time we hear comments from people it is
moans and groans.

Hereby endeth the lesson.

Pia

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