> Another thing I have noticed is that many classes feel like they have to walk > a dance through all eight times before they can do it. It seems to me that > this is a result of operant (and perhaps a bit of classical) conditioning > over the years, i.e., they start out walking the dance through eight times > and this behaviour is reinforced by the teacher or class marshal.
Many times it's the members of the class who feel insecure and ask for a
another walkthrough. Often the teacher has to emphasize learning other
ways and giving the members of the class the opportunity to learn these
other ways. For example, watching from fourth place; dancing it the
second or third week from just a talk-through; talking the dance through
as though they were leading the class. All of these are good practise for
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US