Bob McNaughton wrote: > > Yes, Richard, I too thought Scottish country dancing was "social" dancing. > At what can one possibly compete? -- My group is more social than your > group! Our group has more fun than yours! We're more welcoming! We have > better teachers! We have more men! -- What? > > Share the joy! Co-operate in the development of the art. Surely, we don't > need to compete against each other!
Well said! There are differences between groups however, and that can
be a good thing! For example, in the Eastern Ontario area, certain
groups seem to excel at various things. The Ottawa Branch Ball brunch
is fantastic - groaning trenchers that never seem to empty. The
Kingston Branch has several smaller brunches in area homes, for an
intimate lunch where you can get to know people better. I have been to
the Belleville Ball a few times, and have always liked their meal, which
is prepared by a "group of little old ladies and gentlemen" (an
Auxillary to a lodge I believe), who really know what home cooking is
about. And they won't let you finish with less than two desserts! The
Montreal Ball had a reception before the dance, where one could meet
others in a social setting and mingle, even before finding a table to
sit at. Very friendly! The also have an after-ball event as well, as I
recall; a chance to unwind and chat. The Ardbrae group in Ottawa likes
to offer hospitality to out-of-towners to helps keep costs down, and
offer a chance to get to know guests better. Many come from quite far
to attend the ski or skating trips on the Saturday afternoon as well.
The Maberly group hosts monthly Tea dances, on Sunday afternoons. Old
fashioned perhaps, but the ones I have attended have been a lot of fun.
Share the joy indeed! I'm glad there are different groups. It makes
travelling to other places fun.