Following on Marjorie's astounding observation, I have to recant a story that
just happened to me last weekend in Atlanta....
A woman, of "limited exposure" to dancing, came up to me and said she admired
my dancing. I, in turn, said "thank you" The next statement that she made
left a horrid rift in my thoughts.....
"One day I hope that I can dance well enough so that I may be able to dance
As flattering as that may be, I felt empty. Did all my experienced dancing
make me different? 19 years of dancing certainly does make me "advanced", but
like in the south, we use manners to give everyone the same standard to feel
comfortable, not some club that are used on other people's head. The same
applies in dancing. Only by integration will they be able to grow and reach
So, the next time someone wants to leave move up to the next level of
dancing, give them the chance. If they don't succeed, just politely explain
that they are not ready yet, but their potential is very strong.......
Well, that's how WE in the south would do it, bless their heart.