Objective tests to determine dancing ability

Martin.Sheffield

Message 18958 · 21 Oct 1999 20:29:49 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Alan asked:
> Has anyone determined any series of objective
>tests which could be used to give an accurate description of the level of a
>dancer?

Yes, a hundred times.

Unfortunately none of the dancers that have ever been subjected to my
MCing/teaching/leadership/enouragement have ever shown the slightest
interest in knowing which would be the most appropriate group for their
abilities.
Two criteria only come into play when choosing which "class" to attend out
of the three I am now running :
1. Does the time and day suit me?
2. Is it reachable from where I live?

I don't think anyone has ever wondered if their lack of practice would be a
hindrance for other members of the group.

So we live with the problem.
A recent influx of beginners in my more experienced group was a surprise to
which I reacted with a big smile. To one person only, knowing she would be
a slow learner, did I say "Why don't you come to the Friday group, just
down the road from where you live, rather than traveling all across town?"
"Oh, no. I have other things to do on Fridays."
I hadn't the heart to say she might slow down the progress of the
experienced group, so she'll be staying, and my reward will be the evident
pleasure she is taking in the activity.

In any case, I prefer to consider what some people would call "classes" to
be social gatherings, pleasant (I hope) and as satisfying as possible for
the majority. Hardly any of my dancers are learning dancing/dances in
order to go and perform somehwere else. The meetings are not a means to an
end, they are an end in themselves.

We have only one roving ambassadress (that some of you have met); the rest
are quite unadventurous, and an accurate assessment of their level is of no
importance.

Whatever their teacher may think !
Martin,
in Grenoble, France.
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http://perso.wanadoo.fr/scots.in.france/
(dancing, dances, cycling ...)

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