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Martin.Sheffield

Message 19068 · 26 Oct 1999 13:13:32 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Malcom wrote:
>If the dance is broken down so that even the
>weaker dancers can master the difficulties, then it shouldn't matter what
>the composition of the class is.

I'm not sure that breaking down a dance (teaching it in 8-bar figures, one
cp after another) is the best way. I feel that the hardest part of a dance
is getting the transitions right from one fig to the next, and, above all,
remembering what comes next. Breaking up/down a dance would not help in
this respect, and would even encourage people to pause (mentally, or
physically on the side lines) waiting for someone to jog their memeory
about what to do next.

I have sometimes broken up 48- or 64- bar dances into more maageable parts
for teaching, but a mere 32 bars should be within most people's grasp if it
is presnted as a unit, not an assemblage of bits and pieces.

Teach and dance one cp at a time, yes, but not one figure at a time, imho.

I also insist they walk (not step) while learning a dance.

Martin,
in Grenoble, France.
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