Objective tests to determine dancing ability

Priscilla M. Burrage

Message 18955 · 21 Oct 1999 19:31:27 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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On Wed, 20 Oct 1999, Alan Paterson wrote:

> So, my question is as follows: Has anyone determined any series of objective
> tests which could be used to give an accurate description of the level of a
> dancer?

Scottish dancing is social dancing.

Home truth department:

Beginner: Can get self through dance most of the time. Really needs good,
helpful partner. Should stay out of dances in which partner is not in a
place to help. Technique: Looks at feet.

Intermediate: Can get self through dances. Helps partner. Occasionally
recognizes that there are other dancers in the set (other than the one
that he/she is dancing with). Technique: Panics frequently. woman can
dance on man's side in a few dances. Woman wants man to dance with most
of the time. Either sex: Books dances with partner in whom dancer is
confident.

Newly Advanced: Has great footwork and knows it. Impatient with dancers
who don't 'get it' right away. Occasionally dances solo even though in
four-couple set. Technique: Needs to relax while dancing. Books entire
set for challenging dances.

Experienced Advanced: Looks for beginners if the dance is an easy one.
Laughs when makes mistake, but is in the right within a bar of music.
Looks at a dance program and knows all but two or three. Technique: Has
been dancing a lonnng time. Is usually heard complaining aabout feet,
knees, hips, or back. Fussy about the type of floor for dancing. Uses
good footwork when it matters to other dancers (sometimes with a grimace).

Been there, done that.

Love to dance.

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Priscilla Burrage Vermont US
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