Objective tests to determine dancing ability

Maclachlan

Message 18962 · 21 Oct 1999 22:08:18 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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In a message dated 10/21/99, 1:12:12 PM,
xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx writes:
<<I suspect, human nature being what it is, that pure altruism would run out
eventually if one is *always* dancing with at least one eye open for having
to
correct the movements of others.
>>

I agree with Alan. In our group, I would be an "intermediate--advanced"
dancer, and am the one who gets to steer new people through poussettes,
allemands, etc. My husband is now one of the more advanced of the men,
although of the "intermediate" level. It gets very tiring for us always to
be partnered with the beginners, or those easily lost in a reel, when, rather
than keeping an eye out, you are shepherding them through. The enjoyment of
the evening wears thin.

Unfortunately, we are too small to divide, so...

Wondering though, could part of the problem be that the two dancers think
that length of time dancing equals ability? As in, I'm no longer a newcomer,
I should be allowed in that other class? Perhaps using the terms beginner,
intermediate, advanced, is part of the problem. There has been much
discussion about familiarity with a dance makes a "difficult" one easier for
beginners, and that some people remain clueless regardless of how long
they've danced, or how good they think they are.

Are there some basic dances that could be used as the test? As in,
successful completetion of these dances with just a briefing, qualifies you
to change to a different class. Because different groups teach different
dances, the basic set might vary widely between groups.

Beverly Laughlin
Eunice, Louisiana

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