Since many of us are (excessively ?) fond > of this type of dancing that would be a pity.
This is why you are so young looking, isn't it????
To make any "customer" survey worth while, it should not only be the present
customers who are asked, as they are "towing the line", it should also be
past dancers i.e. "Why did you stop", and non-dancers i.e. "Why haven't you
started" - this is the only way you can get the full picture. plus of
course the older generation should be asked: "What do you do for young
people?" - and this is where I think the interesting though predictable
answer will be shown: NOT A LOT - I'm sure there are a lot of Branches out
there, who do nothing for children and young people .
Over the years we have had many discussion here on how to make people feel
welcome, and have always spoken of adults. So we should ask ourselves -
what do we do to make kids of all ages welcome? Do we have classes? Do we
treat these youths as fellow dancers? Do we mingle with them? - are they
invited to dances/classes with "grown ups" on an equal basis?
Alternatively, do we go down/up to their level, to join in their fun?
Without begin condescending and stuck up?
Wow! 2 hobby horses in as many days!
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Hastings <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2000 8:39 AM
Subject: RE: Illustrated SCD Book and Posters
> > Terry Harvey's point is a good one and far too seldom acknowledged in the > UK. There are groups (not many) who attract and retain young dancers and > there needs to be a wider understanding of what can be learned from the > way that they operate. I am perhaps fortunate to have spent most > of my dancing life in such groups. If that understanding is not developed > and acted on, Malcolm Brown's vigorous and athletic form of SCD (as per > the RSCDS) will surely die out. The Youth Committee of the > Society is currently canvassing young members of the RSCDS about their > views on dancing. Young dancers who dance the RSCDS form of SCD but are > not members of the Society probably need to be consulted also. > > > Peter Hastings > Royal Observatory > Edinburgh > :) > > > SCD (per the RSCDS) - whenever I can > ceilidh - seldom > reeling - not had the opportunity > > > -- > Peter Hastings <email@example.com> > >