I have followed this thread with great distress. Did anyone besides me
notice that while this thread's been going regarding those annoying
beginners and inexperienced dancers who manage to ruin the evening for
experienced folk, in another thread someone pointed out how useful
two-couple dances are for those occasions when a third couple doesn't show
Who is going to increase membership, fill sets, and carry on Scottish
Country Dancing if folks are made to feel they are ruining the dancing?
I am extremely fortunate, I can see, that here in Wellington, New Zealand,
Scottish Country Dancers embrace the masses, obviously delighted to have
new blood to increase the number of sets. More people dancing = more
dancing! The grand dames of SCD here go out of their way to pull us
newcomers into the fold, and, to be sure, we get muddled sometimes...AND
some of the experienced dancers are making the same mistakes we new folks
are making! Yet I have not yet heard a single word of discouragement spoken
to the inept -- and our dancers seem quite capable of directing lost sheep
WITHOUT being out of place or out of time.
Too bad so many out there need to ask for ways to discourage folks. What
happens when you run out of dancers?
With thanks to Sandy Gallamore, Malcolm L Brown, Bruce Hamilton, and
everyone else who see neophytes as an investment in SCD's future,