Objective tests to determine dancing ability

Pia Walker

Message 19020 · 25 Oct 1999 12:16:43 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I had promised myself that I did not want to get involved in this line of
discussion - but my toungue is getting very sore from all the biting.

I was of the opinion that the people on Strathspey were not or at least very
little "elitist" but I'm beginning to change my mind. In stead I have
heard a lot of answers from people who have talked about people being worse
than them - it is very assuring to know that we are so many excellent
dancers out there - and that this server only is read by very advanced,
brilliant dancers.

I for one take great delight in dancing with anybody - good or not so good -
the great thing about SCD is that all can participate - I have danced with
old, infirm, blind, deaf, young, children etc etc. and they have all given
me something back, namely the enjoyment of dancing scottish dancing.

I personally find that I can continue to improve my dancing technique no
matter what the standard of other dancers are - If they are better than me
fine - I will rise to the challange and also learn something from them -
hoping that they will allow me to learn from them. If they are less able
than me, then I hope that I have the skill to help them achieve a truly
fantastic experience and come away feeling that SCD is for them also.

Remember there are upto 8 people dancing TOGETHER, which means all 8 should
be able to enjoy themselves.

In this present day where RSCDS are trying to get more members, it is not
the truly brilliant dancer - with the perfect technique and an awesome
demeanour. which get people interested - no! it is the less able dancer, who
when they dance and enjoy themselves, other people can say: "that looks fun
and if he can do it then I can do it"

If we give people the confidence to improve themselves, then they will get
better - if we keep saying "you are still not good enough" - then they will
leave and we will be even more an exclusive group with no future.

The only true objective tests should be a willingness to observe dance
etiquette and help others - both those who are better than one-self and
those who are not so good.

I won't apologize for my ramblings today

Pia

>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
>with you."
>
>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
>new levels.
>
>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.
>
>-Mr. Sandy Gallamore
>Charlotte, NC
>
>--
>XXxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx
>
>

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