> > Stewart Cunningham <email@example.com> 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.
It is a very thoughtful list written by an experienced dancer. But I use
it as my list of which figures to be sure that I've taught my students,
not as a test for excluding dancers.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US