Yes Please - well recorded medleys for demos would be wonderful and Muriel
should know how her audience feels. But recorded music is second only to
having Muriel herself play. The San Diego demo team was privileged to have
Muriel Johnstone and Alasdair Fraser play for our part in an Ethnic Dance
festival last January and it was fabulous. But for us, at the moment, live
music for demos is the exception. My skills at cutting and pasting tapes is
ok, but we do have our gliches.
We have a demo team, but try to keep open to recruiting dancers with
potential, as well as actual skills. We range from well rehearsed theatre
shows to informal events, but regular practice is important no matter the
occasion. Demos serve a variety of purposes: to entertain as part of a show,
to publicize SCD, to recruit new dancers, to develop the skills of those on
the team. No one demo serves all purposes, but all should be kept in mind as
a thread throughout the work of such a group.
Some of the best times we have had is finishing a demo with participation
dancing. The thrill of seeing enthusiastic people enjoy an easy dance with
only minutes of "instruction" is always a highlight for us.
And as for easy dances in demonstrations - yes indeed. Why lose the audience
with intricate dances they cannot follow, and lose the performers because
they forget the figures! With no offense intended, it always seems to me
that the least experienced teams think the more intricate dances are better.
Keep it simple and keep it short. Even 4x through most dances is too much.
Thank you all for your thoughts and ideas - dem teams are tricky issues for
many groups and it is helpful to hear of shared problems and solutions.