Objective tests to determine dancing ability

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Message 18944 · 21 Oct 1999 01:06:06 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Alan Paterson wrote:
>
> Like every other SCD group in the known universe, we in Bern currently have the
> problem of a couple of dancers who feel that they should be permitted to take
> part in the advanced class......

Having recently intruded myself into an "advanced" class I have given
this some thought in trying to determine if I was justified. I asked the
teacher of the advanced class and she said I could handle it, but I
still wanted to do my own assessment, which has been ongoing as the fall
classes have progressed. In case they may be of interest, here are my
subjective conclusions.

There seem to be three aspects to advanced dancing:

1) Being able to complete an unfamiliar dance correctly after receiving
instruction.
2) Being in the right place at the right time.
3) Performing the necessary steps (pas de basque and travelling)
required.

In the above I would assign the following values:
1) 40
2) 40
3) 20 ..... totalling 100

The reason I assign so little to 3), correct footwork, is because it
does not significantly affect the other dancers. We all know experienced
dancers and teachers who's foot work is not great, but who are still
considered advanced dancers, and justifiably so, because they can do an
unfamiliar dance from a talk through and are always in the right place
at the right time. Excellent footwork may make a promenade, poussette or
"down the middle and back" more enjoyable for one's partner, but in
general I think excellent footwork is a personal goal, as long as one
can travel fast enough to complete 1) and 2) above.

Incidentally, my own self analysis, using the above allocations of
value, put me at the 37th percentile when I compared myself with the
others in the class. I wonder what my teacher would say ......

Cole Pavey
Maberly, Ontario, Canada

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