John seems to be saying that the young don't wish to dance strathspeys.
However, in my experience, when I chat to 'young' dancers from overseas,
they prefer strathspeys to quicktime - the fact you spend more time with
your partner does not escape them! When I am at Summer School, I just think
it is nice to dance with people my own age for a week - it does not matter
to me (and hopefully my partner!) what speed the dance is. I am also
within John's age bracket for 'Young' dancers, and I like birling just as
much as anyone else, but I don't always think a dance is enhanced by seeing
how many revolutions I can do in 4 bars! And I particularly dislike twirls
in reels of 4 in strathspeys - but that is just my opinion. Perhaps I am
not usual at all, in that I have been brought up within the RSCDS
philosophy of controlled abandon - so I don't always understand why the
extra embellishments are always necessary.
Basically, do not assume all young dancers are alike! It takes time, not
just for young dancers, to stop thinking that fast and furious is best. It
is very dangerous to just group age ranges together.