I was distressed to read the last message from Pia (whom I know
personally - a lovely lady - Hi Pia!). There was nothing further from my
thoughts as I posted the original question than to imply that any
elitist structure be set up and/or maintained.
In as few words as possible, the original question follows:
I have 2 classes/groups. One is for complete beginners and elementary
level. The other is for those who like to be able to dance more complex
dances and not have to be nursemaids (IMPORTANT: this is only for about
one third of the evening's timetable. Social dancing is the larger
If we are to avoid being elitist, then no group anywhere should have
more than one level of instruction. I do not necessarily like the idea
that there are different levels of ability. (Hey, if I myself could only
dance as well as Ron Wallace, Anna Holden, Linda Gaul, Elke, my wife or
Juergen Munz...!). But they exist - and ignoring them would not be a
wise thing to (IMHO).
I was looking for assistance in explaining to my wayward students that
they, as elementary level dancers, would not be able to take part
successfully in the other group.
My heartfelt thanks to those who have offered their advice. I will be
doing my best to follow some of it.