Objective tests to determine dancing ability

Marjorie McLaughlin

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> Stewart Cunningham <xxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxx.xx> writes:
> >I don't think that the original request for an objective set of tests has ever been answered except for one delightful tongue-in-cheek reply.
>

An article in the September 1998 TACTalk written by Dave Wilson, and
reprinted from the Portland Branch's Ghillie Gazette, offers half a
dozen guidelines for assessing dancing skill. Some of them are
subjective, self-assessing criteria, others are suggestions for tools to
aid in learning that could be followed by a teacher or a dancer. At the
end he provides a list of figures (developed by the Boston Branch) which
distinguish beginner from intermediate/advanced figures. Hardly a
fool-proof "set of objective tests", but at least a place to start.

The TAC Executive and the editor of TACTalk encourage Branch newsletters
to reprint articles such as this one so that they reach dancers of all
levels, not just teachers.

Perhaps the article could also be posted on the Strathspey archives.

Marjorie McLaughlin
San Diego, CA

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